As we approach the new year, we’ve been getting more excited about our up and coming app, A Place for Art. One of the unique features of our app is its take on navigation – going beyond the idea of menus, lists and categories, visitors instead navigate pathways through collections and uncover narratives and insights about the emerging themes among objects. Rather than ask the visitor to search or select, they explore and uncover.
And it’s not just the University of Wollongong Art Collection that’s going to undergo this unique treatment – I’m looking at experimenting with museum data providers and APIs such as the extensively “freed” meta-data of the Cooper-Hewitt online collection, or the historically and iconographically rich offerings of the Rijksmuseum API. I’m hoping that our work provides new ways of seeing for any collection whose meta-data is freely available.