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More on QR Codes and Smart Phones

I talked about QR codes a few weeks ago and you can see that entry here. Judging by the amounts of hits the entry got, it would appear I’m not the only person who has been considering QR codes.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m an avid reader of Nina Simon’s blog Museums 2.0. This week she has blogged about QR codes, and I had a ‘doh!’ moment. You can read Nina’s blog entry here.

In my original entry I pointed that not many people know about QR codes, although it never dawned on me to offer a solution. Which is where Nina’s entry fills in the blanks I missed out! QR codes without context only appeal to a small audience, by putting the code in context they become more appealing to a general audience. It’s not rocket science, which is why I am a little embarrased I never even considered it in my original post!

One of the other things I said was not everyone has a smart phone, on that note you may find this article by the BBC interesting. The general tag line is a third of adults use a smart phone, however there are loads of interesting bits of information in there.

There is a potentially massive audience with smart phones out there. Are QR codes the best way to engage this increasing audience?

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Second Life Museums

One thing about driving for a long time is after the first couple of hours the conversation turns to surreal topics. One of the topics of conversation that did come up was about 2nd life during my trip to Fort George. Having seen it installed on my brothers laptop before we set off (he tells me he doesn’t play it though!) we inevitably talked about it being in the news a couple of months back. My brother was explaining to me about Universities were giving lectures using 2nd life as it was a cheap way of doing distance learning.

However being a bit of a geek I was interested in if anyone had used it for building Museums. So I typed ‘2nd life Museum’ into google this afternoon and not too much to my suprise lots of people had got there first. Heres a video of the 2nd life representation of the Natural History Museum in London:

It seems I’m not the only one who has had the idea, heres an interesting article from 2007 Museums and the Web Conference. Much likeĀ real life, 2nd life hasĀ its very own museum community.

The whole thing has got me thinking could we use 2nd life too? You can create anything you like in 2nd life according to the website. So why not an entire digital replica of one of our properties?

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Turning on the Lights

Hi my name is Adam and I’m the new Collections Engagement Officer for the National Trust in the South East Region and this is a blog that I’ll be updating over the course of the next year.

As well as getting to know this entirely new role I’ve been stressing and thinking about exactly what I’m going to write about over the last two weeks. I’ve been drawing ideas from lots of different blogs around the internet and have came to the following conclusion; although this blog is about collections owned by the national trust I didn’t want to make another version of Emile de Bruijn’s excellent blog Treasure Hunt.

So what I’ve decided to do is leave it fairly open, I’m going to talk about collections and objects, but I’m also going to talk about the ways we and others have put the ‘spotlight’ on collections. I’m going to talk about using social media, augmented reality and online exhibitions. I may also from time to time talk about other things. So I’m open to suggestions and ideas so please feel free to leave any comments!

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