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Find Your Way with Met Explorer

Rodrigo Narciso, Former MediaLab Intern

Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2015

When I applied to the MediaLab's internship program, I was very interested in working on projects that aim to enhance the museum experience. The Met is one of the most visited museums in the world, and it's so big that even staff with years of experience can sometimes feel lost. With these two things in mind, I focused on building on one of the wayfinding projects completed during the previous semester.

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Improving the Audio Guide: A Look at Our Visitors

Grace Tung, Digital Media Associate, Creative Development, Digital Media

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015

The Audio Guide is a long-standing service at the Museum with over three thousand audio messages attracting 250,000 users annually. It offers six to eight special exhibition tours and can be accessed in up to nine major foreign languages. In September 2013, the Museum launched a new version of the Audio Guide complete with a redesigned interface and repackaged content. This presented a fresh opportunity for us to take a more strategic look at the Audio Guide and see how well it has performed since its rebirth.

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Edible Met: Eating Art to Understand

Jimmy Tang, Former MediaLab Intern; and Yuanjin Zhao, Former MediaLab Intern

Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

For our MediaLab internship during the fall 2014 semester, Yuanjin and I collaborated to create Edible Met, a DIY food-grade molding and casting kit that turns 3D-printed objects into edible items.

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Analyzing #MetGala Engagement across the Globe

Elena Villaespesa, Digital Media Analyst; and Taylor Newby, Social Media Manager

Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015

On Monday, May 4, 2015, the Met and Vogue hosted the annual Costume Institute Benefit, which celebrated this year's spring exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, on view through August 16. Notables from the worlds of fashion, film, society, sports, art, business, and music attended the Met Gala and were captured walking the red carpet across a wide range of social media.

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Inspired by Women Artists: FEMET

Joselyn McDonald, Former MediaLab Intern

Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FEMET is a sound and video art installation that interprets and reflects on the lives of five esteemed women artists in the Met's collection, presented at the Fall 2014 MediaLab Expo held in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. This interactive installation invited its audience to watch an artist's meditations on the complicated lives of Diane Arbus, Georgia O'Keeffe, Artemisia Gentileschi, Shirin Neshat, and Joyce Growing Thunder Fogarty.

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Paintings Uncovered

Betty Quinn, Former MediaLab Intern, Digital Media

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Paintings Uncovered is an interactive interface that allows users to explore the hidden layers found beneath a painting's surface. Painters frequently paint over paintings for various reasons—even sometimes with a completely different subject. One reason for this may be that the original painting didn't sell, so the artist reused the canvas to create an entirely new painting. Examining the underlying surfaces of paintings through powerful technology provides valuable information about the artworks.

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Last Week in the Future: Notes from MuseumNext

Eileen Willis, Web Group General Manager

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"What's next for museums?"

That was the question on hundreds of red tote bags seen on the streets of Geneva last week during the MuseumNext conference, which took place April 19–21. Panelists addressed the question from various angles, from finding new models of financial support to understanding leadership styles within museums to accommodating wearable technology in the galleries. As the representative from the Met, I had the opportunity to meet museum professionals from cultural institutions of all types and sizes, including a colleague from Liechtenstein (which means I've met 0.0027% of that country's population).

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Tour the Met on Your Smartphone

Dante Clemons, Interactive Media Producer

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015

In a previous post, we introduced a beta release of the Audio Guide web app, giving users access to over sixty hours of Audio Guide content in ten languages. Since then, we've considered how to broaden the opportunity for users to engage with the Audio Guide further. Naturally, the next step was to add the ability to access tours and to do so in the user's preferred language.

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Picturing Met Museum through Visitors' Eyes

Helen D. Wall, Former MediaLab Volunteer

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Met's Collection Online lets viewers browse through thousands of high-quality images of the Museum's vast holdings. Another rich depository of artwork images is the Museum's group pool on Flickr (a popular site for sharing photographic albums, with a free terabyte of online storage), where visitors post their own photos taken while touring the galleries. In this study, I took a closer look at what visitors were photographing and how they shared their photos online.

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Beacons: Exploring Location-Based Technology in Museums

Veronika Doljenkova, Former MediaLab Intern, Digital Media; and Grace Tung, Digital Media Associate, Creative Development, Digital Media

Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015

As mobile technology is developing, the boundary between the physical and the digital user experience is rapidly disappearing. Visitors who enter enclosed public spaces such as galleries, malls, airports, and museums are expecting to receive a mobile experience that is highly relevant, convenient, and delivered in a timely and seamless manner.

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About this Blog

The Digital Department leads the creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of multimedia content to support the viewing and understanding of the Met's collection and exhibitions, both within the galleries and online. This blog discusses a few of the activities of the department, and invites your questions and comments about the Museum's digital initiatives.