Stories in the Rock: A Design Case of an Explorable Image Viewer in a Natural History Museum

Marti Louw, Ahmed Ansari, Christopher Bartley, and Camellia Sanford
International Journal of Designs for Learning, Vol. 4, No. 2, October, 2013, pp. 56-71.


Abstract
This design case explores the affordances of gigapixel image technology for science communication and learning in museum settings through the iterative development of an explorable image viewer to engage visitors in an archaeological exhibit. We reflect on the series of user studies, prototype iterations, and design decisions taken to optimize navigation, annotation and exploration in this zoomable user interface. We highlight a set of design precedents, interaction frame- works, and content structuring approaches, while detailing the development of a media rich digital annotation strategy to augment interpretation, commentary, and conversation about a petroglyph site. Through this work, we highlight the unique affordances of multiscalar image platforms to scaffold disciplinary observation and engagement with scientific content.

Notes
Sponsor: NSF
Grant ID: 320 W. 8th St. Ste 101, Bloomington, IN 47404-3745
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): CREATE: Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment
Associated Project(s): GigaPan
Number of pages: 101

Text Reference
Marti Louw, Ahmed Ansari, Christopher Bartley, and Camellia Sanford, "Stories in the Rock: A Design Case of an Explorable Image Viewer in a Natural History Museum," International Journal of Designs for Learning, Vol. 4, No. 2, October, 2013, pp. 56-71.

BibTeX Reference
@article{Bartley_2013_7497,
   author = "Marti Louw and Ahmed Ansari and Christopher Bartley and Camellia Sanford",
   editor = "Jill B. Pable, Guest Editor Elizabeth Boling, Editor-in-Chief Colin M. Gray, Assistant Editor",
   title = "Stories in the Rock: A Design Case of an Explorable Image Viewer in a Natural History Museum",
   journal = "International Journal of Designs for Learning",
   pages = "56-71",
   publisher = "Association for Educational Communications and Technology",
   address = "320 W. 8th St. Ste 101, Bloomington, IN 47404-3745",
   month = "October",
   year = "2013",
   volume = "4",
   number = "2",
}