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MOACAT - a touchscreen system for the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver

ROH collectionsThe Multiversity Galleries at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, opened in January 2010. The installation includes fourteen 24-inch wide format touchscreens that allow visitors to explore the 36,000 objects in the collections, via the MOACAT system that I designed and produced.


ROH collectionsThe computers are deeply integrated into the galleries, with custom graphics and 3D modelled orientation, to help visitors understand where they are and what is around them. The 'you are here' component is based on a Google Sketchup model and uses custom animated walk-throughs linked to search results for the cases and cabinets.


ROH collectionsThe MOACAT system also includes an ambitious customised Google Earth implementation that enables visitors to interact with the globe to explore where objects in the collection originated.

Data for the system is maintained in the museum's MIMSY XG Collection Management System and images are drawn from their Digital Asset Management system.

The project won the Bronze Award in the Interactive Kiosks category at the 2011 American Association of Museums Muse Awards. The judges said:

"The MOA CAT kiosk application, developed by Rory Matthews for the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, is simply one of the best examples of multi-entry, richly-layered, completely findable, museum catalog applications we have seen. Providing way-finding and an easily navigable web of related information about the museum’s collections provide opportunities for all types of museum visitors to find connections to the objects found in the cases around them and those stored elsewhere. This is certainly an example to be explored by other museums interested in this kind of collections management and access. The application integrates with Google Earth to highlight collection object origins, which provides yet another opportunity for personal and academic understanding of this collection. “A tour de force of combining Google Earth, CMS, video, audio, and high quality photographs,” said one juror."

An online version is now available here.



The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

ROH collectionsI designed and produced this website to accompany an ambitious US tour of these wonderful works of art from Dijon, France, working with photographer and VR specialist Jared Bendis and project director Len Steinbach.

The site features high resolution 360° imaging with 3 viewpoints of each sculpture, and a 3D 360° view that can be viewed with red/cyan 3D glasses.

Visit the web site at www.mourners.org

Read the Arts Journal review here


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