The Association of Science - Technology Centers (ASTC) is holding their annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico from October 19-22 and Open Exhibits will be there. We are sharing a booth with Ideum (the lead organization for Open Exhibits). We can be found at booth #201/300 right in front of entrance two in the exhibit hall.
We will also be presenting at two sessions: Existing in Two Worlds Pecha Kucha where we will present lessons learned from the Human Computer Interaction in Informal Science Education (HCI+ISE) Conference held earlier this year. In the second session, Engaging Visitors with Disabilities in STEM Learning, we will explain our work in the Creating Museum Media for Everyone (CMME) project to build in accessibility tools within Open Exhibits.
If you are attending ASTC, please come out to the Ideum studios on Monday night (October 21st). Transportation from the Hyatt in downtown Albuquerque will be provided. The Ideum party is being held in conjunction with the Exhibitionist Journal (published by the National Association for Museum Exhibition, NAME).
The party is fully catered and there is even a mariachi band! Ideum will also be demoing new multitouch tables including the Platform 46 and Platform 32 & 46 multitouch coffee tables. If you stop by the Open Exhibits booth, just ask us for an invite!
Open Exhibits was recently featured in a tech blog article in the online edition of the Huffington Post. The article, Open Source Collaboration in Museum Exhibit Design, describes Open Exhibits and another open source initiative, The Tech Open Source.
Open Exhibits, now embarking on its third year, is committed to the museum open source initiative. In collaboration with GestureWorks, Open Exhibits has developed two open standard markup languages called Creative Markup Language (CML) and Gesture Markup Language (GML). The Creative Markup Language allows museum staff to style and add content to an application without recompiling the application so that museums may edit the exhibit throughout its life span without the need for a programmer. The Gesture Markup Language allows the customization of gestures that, like CML, are external to the application. In addition, CML has an ActionScript-based software development kit (SDK) that is open source under the Simplified BSD license.
The GestureWorks GML SDK is closed source, but freely available for non-commercial use through the Open Exhibits license agreement.
Open Exhibits also has a growing number of exhibits templates that can be easily customized and styled by both programmers and non-programmers.
Looking ahead, Open Exhibits will soon add 3D support for both input and display. We are currently busy programming 3D gesture support for the Leap Motion Controller and are working with the Away3D team to produce a 3D CML extension. Expect the new release in early Fall.
The timeline exhibit is a multitouch interface that allows scrolling of information panels accompanied by a description overlay panel.
The exhibit is fully configured in CML to support easy customization of features. Each panel can have associated images and descriptions. Font sizes and colors, information overlay background color, and the number of media files are all customizable.
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The Flickr Sync Tool is a utility with which you can download pictures and videos from Flickr and dynamically generate CML files based on user-defined templates for use in your CML driven projects.
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It has been a couple of weeks now since we hosted the Human Computer Interaction in Informal Science Education (HCI+ISE) conference and we wanted to let you know about what's next.
First off, many conference participants (and others) have asked about the potential for a follow-up conference. At the moment, nothing is planned, but we are looking to host a meetup as part of the Association of Science -Technology Centers (ASTC) 2013 conference in October here in Albuquerque. Please contact us if you are interested in attending (this open to anyone, not just participants of the HCI+ISE conference).
The HCI+ISE LinkedIn Group is now open to anyone who would like to join. We hope to continue our conversation there. In addition, there is an HCI+ISE Flickr Group with photographs from the event (some are shared below).
In September, a PDF and print book of the conference findings will be made available on the HCI+ISE website. We will post updates about this publication and the ASTC conference meetup later this summer. Thanks again to Intel for their sponsorship and to the National Science Foundation which provided major support for this conference.