This post looks at the twelfth of the visualization types created for the MeSch museum post-visit visualization tool. Click here for overview.
The Curators at Museo della Guerra frequently create custom paper magazines to accompany their exhibitions. Any exhibition might have multiple booklets on different aspects of the same event, e.g. for an exhibition on WWI they might have 3 different books; the first on sanitary conditions, a second on daily fife and a third on the assault & bombing.
These curators were very interested in being able to easily create digital versions of these booklets to further engage with visitors. They wanted complete control on the content of these magazines but at the same time a simple interface that would allow them to create the content quickly. In addition they wanted to be able to pull images and text from other online museum databases such as Museia and Europeana. They also wanted to be able to personalise the magazine to a certain extent for the user viewing it.
A finished public example of such a digital magazine is shown below. The section at the bottom, highlighted in orange represents the personalised portion of the magazine.
Standard user view of magazine. Personalised section is in orange at the bottom. These images are pulled from the Europeana API based on what the user showed most interest in during their physical visit.
Users with curator level access to the site needed to be able to create an edit magazines in addition to viewing them. Curator level users had access to a page to allow them to create and view all available magazines for their museum. Existing magazines are represented by boxes containing the title and one of the images available in the magazine as shown below.
Curator Magazine index page. Lists all magazines available for editing.
Clicking on any of these magazine boxes would take the user to a page to create/edit/delete the articles available on that magazine. An article can be considered to be a collection of pieces of content with a shared title. This page was also where the curator could choose to make a magazine public once it was complete.
Curator Maazine editing page. Lists all articles available on a single magazine and allows the creation of new articles.
Article titles were listed in basic table form. Clicking on edit would take the curator to a page to manage the media associated with any article.
Curator article editing page. Allows the curator to add image and text content to a magazine article.
From the article editing page the curator could search for images from Flickr, Europeana and Museia, upload images from their computer, link to images already online and add text. Newly added content was placed at the bottom of the page. To delete content, the curator simply hovered over the unwanted image or text and clicked on the darkened overlay that appeared to remove the item from the article.
Code for this visualisation is available on BitBucket here, here and here.