25/01/10: The week in cultural heritage online

[This week’s guest post is by Jim Richardson, Managing Director of Sumo, a specialist design consultancy working in the arts and cultural sectors and a co-founder of MuseumNext]

The big technology news this week has undoubtedly been the iPad, which was announced by Steve Jobs in California on Wednesday. Whether you’re a fan of Apple or not, it would be brave to bet against the iPad being a success.

The iPad gives us yet another device to consider when creating digital content and with its iPhone operating system and lack of a Flash media player, could provide web designers with another reason to move towards more accessible content.

My iPhone has provided me with much entertainment this week as I have tried out Foursquare, one of many location based games which seem to be gaining popularity in the States and slowly trickling through to the UK.

Foursquare lets you log in to a location like a museum, restaurant or bar and gain points for leaving a comment or a review. While this hasn’t really taken off in the UK yet, I was interested to read visitor reviews as I checked in to museums and galleries in London this week.

While Foursquare uses GPS to fix your location, I came across an interesting film from Japan of content which is accessed via a QR Code captured on a phones camera.

I think that location aware mobile applications are going to be the big technology story of 2010, and the heritage sector could create exciting and innovative uses for this.

Finally, I have spent much of this week preparing for the first Follow a Museum on Twitter Day which will take place on Monday. This is an initiative to encourage more people on the micro-blogging website to engage with a museum.

True to the nature of Twitter, Follow a Museum Day has brought together institutions from around the globe who will work together to spread the word about each other.

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  1. […] week started strongly with Follow a Museum day. Jim wrote last week about putting it together and I guess everybody tweeting for a museum will agree it was a success. […]

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