The afternoon session at Museums and the Web that I’m at is all about Participation & Personalization. Mariana Salgado and Lily Diaz Kommonen kicked it off with a talk called “Visitor Voices”.
Their hypothesis is “Visitors can improve their learning experience through leaving comments in the exhibition.”
They showed ImaNote, a collaborative commenting software developed at the Media Lab in the University of Art and Design Helsinki, that allows commenting on a particular work in an exhibition from the museum or remotely. Comments are tagged, supplemented with links and signed by authors. Their test case was the Young Artists’ Biennale: Small Heaven exhibition in Helsinki.
Lily Diaz-Kommonen indicated that ImaNote is still being developed and may be expanded to include SMS messages in the future.