Weekly Studio Roundup #11

The Nordic Museum, WebAR & Image Search

Studio News

We are delighted to announce a new project we are going to be working on in collaboration with Kajsa Hartig at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden! We are coming on board for the museum’s ongoing #collectingsocialphoto project to develop a platform for collecting digital photography. The project explores the ways in which we archive photos of personal and everyday life in the digital age. In the past, people would donate shoeboxes of photographs to their local history museums but what does “the shoebox” look like when most of our photos live on phones instead of on film? We are looking forward to an exciting development process ahead.

Around the Web

Creating Audience First Experiences

The purpose of an exhibition is to transform the audience in some way and provide them with an experience that leaves them walking out of the museum with something new. That something new can be knowledge, feelings, or social connections. When designing an exhibition, it is more important to think about what the audience wants rather than what you want. It is so important to know your audience and their needs because those needs are most likely different than your own. — link to Medium.

Photo by Bianca Isofache on Unsplash

Analyzing Museum Reviews

Museums collect information from visitors about their experience in a variety of ways including interviews, emails, and surveys. These findings capture impressions from one moment in time and they have to repeat this process in order to gain a broader view. Outside of these surveys, museum visitors leave comments and reviews on websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor but filtering through this data, especially for organizations with thousands of reviews, can be difficult to do. The purpose of collecting responses is to gain insight from the visitors and use that to continuously enhance the museum experience. Natural language processing algorithms were used to analyze museum reviews from the web to discover the overall sentiment of the reviews. This experiment was not looking to solve the problem of filtering visitor data but instead used to gather a few general insights and overviews before digging into the difficult data.— link to Medium.

WebAR to Change the Way We Search

Augmented reality in a web browser is something that could become available as soon as the end of this year. We have seen AR in mobile apps in the past but users aren’t interested in downloading another app on their phone. WebAR removes this barrier and allows users to explore AR through a web browser. This is currently in a testing phase but could change the way we search on the web.— link to Medium.

“A man in black suit’s hand operating an Apple company gadget- An iphone smartphone” by Gilles Lambert on Unsplash

UX Case Study: Gallery App

This write up uses an art gallery mobile app as a case study for user experience design. The mobile app is meant to give visitors a better understanding of the art they are looking at and act as a guide for the viewer. This case study takes you through the challenges, problem statement, and development process followed by the research, design exploration, and prototyping that is involved in an app like this one. — link to Medium.

Near-Duplicate Image Search

This article discusses the ways machine learning is used to search for closely related images. If you are interested in different algorithms used to search near-duplicate images, this article will be useful for you.— link to Towards Data Science.

What If Data Had a Half-Life?

This post explores the idea of data having an expiration date. The history of a person’s data would change if we were able to see what pieces of data expired over time. It would tell a much more comprehensive story if this were the case. The example highlighted in this article is a network built on social media. Having a larger number of connections in your network can be meaningful but it can also be misleading. The author presents the idea that if connections in your network were removed because their relevance was diminishing, we would have a more transparent view of your actual network.— link to UX Collective.

Photo by Michael D Beckwith on Unsplash

Open Access at the British Library

The British Library is developing a pilot repository service for research on an open source platform. For this project, the British Library has partnered with the British Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland, and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) to provide open research content for the repository. “The repository marks an important step in the Library’s ambition to enhance its services as an essential element of the international research infrastructure.”— link to British Library.

Hashtags we’re following…


Earlier this week, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) took place in Mexico City. The theme was Sites/Cites, Texts, and Voices in Critical Librarianship: Decolonizing Libraries and Archives.


The South Western Federation of Museums held their annual conference this week on the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter. The conference focused on the challenges that many museums are facing and coming together to discuss ways to overcome them.

See you next week!

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