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Posted: abakalarski on  Apr 08 01:17:33 PM
Title: Dissertation Proposal Defense: Representing Difficult Histories in the Museum: Virtual and Augmented Reality as Tools for Communicating Intangible Heritage  
Speaker:
Zoƫ Faye Pickard
PhD Student, Library and Information Science, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh  >  School of Computing and Information  >  Information Culture and Data Stewardship
Date: Apr 19, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Location: Room 828 Information Sciences Building, 135 N Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Groups Posted: Information Science 
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Committee:

  • Sheila Corrall, Professor and Advisor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship, School of Computing and Information
  • James “Kip” Currier, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship, School of Computing and Information
  • Alison Langmead, Associate Professor, Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship, School of Computing and Information
  • Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor, School of Information, Pratt Institute

Abstract: The display of controversial historical subject matters has often been avoided by museums in favor of more commercial and celebratory topics. The display of these difficult histories is now a prevalent point of debate within the museum community, the shift in this mentality coincides with a rise in dark tourism and a movement by the museum to reach the visitor on a more personal level. Showcasing history through the stories of individuals in an effort to promote personal meaning making also brings into focus the responsibility of displaying a more holistic representation of the lived past. Representing the difficult elements of the past presents a unique set of considerations and opportunities which are currently being explored. As the museum experience develops these facets of interpretive techniques, under the new wave of technological advancement, it is vital that the way visitors interact with information in this environment is investigated. This study looks at the visitor experience through the lens of human information interaction in an attempt to understand how virtual reality and augmented reality may affect how visitors view representations of difficult histories. Through a qualitative analysis of the visitor experience using traditional information behavior models supported by interviews with museum professionals, insight into the visitor experience will be gained, allowing for recommendations to be provided for both professional practice and further research.

Interest Area: Computer & Information Science & Engineering
 
 
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