iCon.text – a customizable iPad app for kiosk applications in museum exhibitions

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  • We present iCon.text, a kiosk platform for the iPad centered around artefacts, whose content and layout can be tailored without programming skills for specific museum exhibitions. The central metaphor to access information is a virtual postcard with one front and a customizable number of back sides that provide details about exhibits to museum visitors in textual and image form. Back sides can link to others cards. Access to these postcards is possible through one or more navigation views that can be navigated to from a navigation bar. The entry point to the application is designed as a multitouch interactive pile of cards in a playful manner that allows visitors of any age an easy approach to the presentation and interaction metaphor. To directly access a certain postcard, a mosaic view can be uitilized to provide an overview about all available exhibits. A category view groups postcards into themes. Locating artefacts on a zoomable map or exhibition floor plan allows for conveying information about spatial contexts between different objects and their location. Furthermore, contexts can be illustrated with a two stage view comprising an overview and corresponding detail views to provide further insights into the spatial, temporal, and thematic contexts of artefacts. The application scaffolding allows the design of bilingual presentations to support exhibitions with an international audience. The logo of the presenting institution or exhibition can be incorporated to display the the kiosk's corporate design branding and to access an imprint or further informations. Usage is logged into files to provide a basis for extracting statistical information about the usage. The details about the exhibits are presented as images and as such impose no limit to the design choices made by the content provider or exhibition designer. The application (enhanced with a panoramic view) has been integrated successfully into a large special exhibition about the ancient city of Pergamon 2011/2012 at the Pergamon Museum Berlin within the interdisciplinary project "Berlin Sculpture Network".

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Author:Marco Klindt, Daniel Baum, Steffen Prohaska, Hans-Christian Hege
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:Cultural Heritage; HCI; Kiosk application; iPad
CCS-Classification:H. Information Systems / H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION (e.g., HCI) (I.7) / H.5.1 Multimedia Information Systems
Date of first Publication:2013/12/02
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (13-07)
ISSN:1438-0064
Published in:Appeared in: EVA , Berlin Nov. 2012, pp. 150-155. Gesellschaft zur Förderung angewandter Informatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung