Cross-Media Interaction for the Virtual Museum: Reconnecting to Natural Heritage in Boulder, Colorado

January 1st, 2007 | RESEARCH

Silence of the Lands is a virtual museum of natural quiet in Boulder, Colorado, based on locative and tangible computing. The project promotes a model of virtuality that empowers the active and constructive role of local communities in the interpretation, preservation, and renewal of natural quiet as an important element of the natural heritage. This is accomplished by using sounds as conversation pieces of a social narrative aimed at transforming the virtual museum into an organism linking the people, perspectives, and values that pertain to the specific environmental setting of Boulder, Colorado. The project combines multiple technologies and social practices in a cross-media interaction comprising: (a) data catching (i.e., capturing sounds from the natural environment); (b) data description (i.e., mapping the soundscape on the Web); and (c) data interpretation (i.e., creating a shared ideal soundscape in the public space).


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Elisa Giaccardi, Author, University of Colorado, Boulder


Identifier Type: isbn
Identifier: 978-0415773553

Publication: New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage
Page(s): 112

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Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Education and learning science | General STEM | Life science
Resource Type: Edited Chapter | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media