Stories in the Rock: A Design Case of an Exploreable Image Viewer in a Natural History Museum

October 16th, 2013 | RESEARCH

This design case explores the affordances of gigapixel image technology for science communication and learning in museum settings through the iterative development of an explorable image viewer to engage visitors in an archaeological exhibit. We reflect on the series of user studies, prototype iterations, and design decisions taken to optimize navigation, annotation and exploration in this zoomable user interface. We highlight a set of design precedents, interaction frameworks, and content structuring approaches, while detailing the development of a media rich digital annotation strategy to augment interpretation, commentary, and conversation about a petroglyph site. Through this work, we highlight the unique affordances of multiscalar image platforms to scaffold disciplinary observation and engagement with scientific content.


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Team Members

University of Pittsburgh, Contributor
Marti Louw, Principal Investigator, University of Pittsburgh


Publication: International Journal of Designs for Learning
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Page(s): 56


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL

Related URLs
Gigapixel Cyberinfrastructure for Participatory Science Learning


Audience: Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Life science | Technology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media