An interactive map showing locations of museums' contents filtered by topics of interest
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Miloš StankovićDec 27, 2021
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Categorize museums' contents in terms of epochs covered and artefacts presented (swords/columns/toys/helmets/clothing/religious items...). Then enable the app user to filter their interests and get notifications on items in their proximity.
It's another museum-visit inspired app - the last one was for great artists and quite similar in concept - because I was again surprised with what I found in an unlikely place. Like the golden helmet above.
- To suggest new travel destinations for history lovers, models enthusiasts, fashion workers looking for inspiration...
- To illustrate the connection between cultures and nations through time. As for instance, many artefacts of the Roman empire are spread well beyond what is today Italy.
- To help the rise of hobbies like modelling by inspiring with pristine works.
- To help educate the public on the history of the pieces. Some lesser museums are often underfunded and don't have the necessary curators, while the app could provide a backstory in text form cheaply.
How it works:
The app user gets to select the historic periods which interest him, for instance, World War II, the Roman era, or the Napoleonic years.
The other way of filtering is through types of items that the user is found of: weapons, idols, clothing, models (miniatures), architecture...
Each item gets categorized in terms of era and type.
The user selects his topics of interest, sets a perimeter as to he is willing to travel, for instance, 100 kilometres, and gets hit with a map presentation on which items are located where and in what numbers. The larger the circle on the map, the more matches.
So for some things, the user would get a perfect match, like Roman weaponry. A legend could use special colours for different epochs or for items of particular rarity.
You could also select your topics and enable notifications to pop up whenever you're in a 10 km radius from a museum that keeps things you find interesting.
The app/site could also provide some backstory to the item's "life" because there are interesting stories behind some of them. For instance, the golden helmet in the photo was found by some peasant woman in her field in 1955. The helmet dates to the fourth century and there are only one like it in Italy, yet three in a smallish museum in Serbia's second-largest city.
The app can also serve as an intermediary for the souvenir/merchandising aspect of museums. Giving the museums an extra incentive to join up.
I believe there is a considerable audience for this because the ArtefactPorn (dumb name) sub on Reddit has 2.2 million users.
The idea is awesome and could ignite a new touristic travel trend based on the artifact locations. You could go on a "Weapons of the Medieval era" tour of Europe, for example!
What I am concerned about is how would you keep track of the items present in the museums? Maybe the easiest thing would be to connect to the system of every museum on the planet and use their databases (not so easy :D).
Also, how would you track the moving exhibitions? Maybe the solution for the above-mentioned problem solves this one too.
Could it be peer-tracked by the peer confirmations? People who visit the museum feed the database somehow and get a discount for their next visit.