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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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Christmas Collections

A Father Christmas shaped cake decoration from Standen

I’ve been scratching my head about what to write this week, I’ve been trying to find some new innovative way of showing off some of the items in the collections here related to Christmas.

After giving it some thought and I’ve decided the best thing to do is a good old fashioned christmas special.  So here are my favourite sites  I’ve mentioned over the last few months.

I feel I couldn’t start off with  my fauvorites without mentioning blogging, it’s such a good way to get information into a wider audience and also finding out information. If you haven’t done already check out the regional blog we started in November.

Kipling sketched this coat, meant as a present for John Kipling in 1907. It probably would have been useful in the cold weather we're coping with at the moment!

 Secondly here’s my page flip version of a Christmas card from the Polesden Collection, the card itself if from 1933 and features a very young Princess Elizabeth. You can view the card by clicking this link. Issuu turns .PDF into a professional page flip link. I’ve been using it quite a lot and hopefully I’ll be using it a bit more in the future to turn some of the books in our collections into digital versions.

Thirdly, my other fauvorite website is the interactive timelines which you can create on dipity.com. It’s a brilliant way to display information in more interesting way than just plain text. It’s free, it can be used collabratively and it has a couple of different ways of displaying the information you input.

I think that sums up my highlight for 2010, no doubt 2011 will bring a bounty of digital treats!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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A personal memorial at Scotney Castle.

Having been away a lot recently I’ve been negligent of updating the blog, so I thought I better update it straight away today.  First thing to mention is that there is now a London and South East Blog, which I will be contributing to this month. I’ll be using the blog as a platform to talk about some of our places and their links to the First World War, as part of the annual commemoration for Armistice.

So you may have beeen thinking this week’s entry is about the film staring Gerard Butler as an archaeologist being sent back in time to Medieval France. You’re probably glad to find out that it isn’t!

Having been impressed by the BBC’s history of the world timeline I’ve been recently searching for free alternative on the internet for developing something similar. I stumbled across this website, which has a list of 7 examples of timelines as well as links for three free website you can use to make your own interactive timeline.

Having used both Time Toast and Dipity, my personal favourite is Dipity. Time Toast may be okay for a basic timeline, but Dipity simply looks better and has a lot more features. I’ve included a screen shot below as wordpress doesn’t like Dipity HTML code.

Screenshot of my 18th Century Ceramics at Polesden Lacey Timeline

Alternatively have a look here, my own personal favourite view is the flip book view. However I also like the ability to switch to a map view, so you can see not only information about in this case an object, but also where it was made and also when it was made. I think it may be a slightly more interesting way for doing for instance objects of the month etc, what do you think?

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