“If you could put a number of items into a box that described your life, what would you include? What do you think would be included if you were a Victorian Servant or Queen Elizabeth I. If you lived during the English Civil War, what items would you include to make a case for, or against, the parliamentarians? And what if you were an abolitionist and wanted to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary, how would you create your evidence.
Museum Box provides the tools for you to do just this. It allows you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view the museum boxes submitted by other people and comment on the contents.”
I concur with world-shaker: VERY shiny! I know I have yet to say much about my thesis & upcoming collaboration with the Academy of Natural Sciences, but this fits right in to the foundation of research I’m currently doing!
I’m looking at the use of social media and Google Earth in museums (science or natural history museums in particular), and this is a great example of a tool that’s been tailored to the informal education demographic.
I love that the drawers in the museum box include a 3D cube, with each side covered in information. Users can upload pictures, add text, links, and even share documents! This is really neat! I’d love to see space for collaboration and/or discussion, and maybe even adding some GigaPans (!) into the museum boxes.
Great work… definitely keeping my eye on this!