The Virtual Museum of the Pacific is a Rich Internet Application that experiments in harnessing 400 objects from the Australian Museum into a social media system that allows explorative and semantic browsing through the use of applied Formal Concept Analysis. Used as a means for facilitating access to objects of historical or cultural significance that are not on display, the project is presented on the technical level where objects from the museum are extracted and appropriate data models are developed in facilitating semantic browsing, along with an intersection at the museulogical level where user communities can interact with these objects in the form of social tagging and rich media annotations.
The Art Collection Ecosystem is a case study that tests the generality of the software and web services framework afforded by the Virtual Museum of the Pacific. By importing artworks from the University of Wollongong's Art Collection and testing the framework's effectiveness for explorative and serendipitious browsing, the project reaches conclusions on using the rich media interface provided in browsing and tagging artworks in comparison to a social media site, Flickr. The case study also examines and proposes subsequent data models and designs that are to be employed in extracting extensible meta-data from existing data sources and applying them to user driven folksonomies.
AnnotationSleuth is an extension to the ImageSleuth software produced by Jon Ducrou that allows for the tagging and annotation of objects with attributes and the ability to create and edit Wikis for objects from the Australian Museum's Pacific cultural collections.
ImageSleuth allows users to browse image collections through a series of upper and lower neighbour navigations using the conceptual neighbourhood view and through the use of conceptual scales or 'perspectives' as they are called within the user interface. Usability studies have been peformed on ImageSleuth with users stating that it allows them to find relationships between images that they otherwise would not have found.