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QR Codes at the Museum

By: Jen Cork, Category: At The Museum, Date: 19 Oct 2010

This week at the Australian Museum we have decided to go down the QR Code lane and place some extra interaction on a few of the Museum's favourite specimens.

Echidna and QR Code

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At the Australian Museum we are constantly exploring new ways of allowing visitors to the space easier access to the rich and diverse content produced by the institution. With this in mind, the web team have placed QR codes on a selection of the Museum's favourite specimens displayed in the atrium.

What is a QR Code I hear you ask? Well, a QR Code (Quick Response Code) is a matrix barcode readable by QR scanners and mobile phones with cameras. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. In the Museum's case, the information is a URL relevant to the specimen on display.

Over the coming months we want to explore a broad range of new ways to enrich the interaction with our exhibitions and displays, so keep an eye out around the galleries.

Come along and enjoy the interaction with these beautiful Museum specimens.

3 comments

Jen Cork - 10.10 AM, 21 October 2010

Thanks Lynda,

It seems to me that a lot has changed around QR Codes. Technology has advanced in leaps and bounces since 2008, and the diversity and number of Smartphone has really opened the possibility of incorporating more interaction with exhibitions/displays. QR Codes are only one.

Very excited to open more doors to the richness of the Museums content!

Lynda Kelly - 2.10 PM, 20 October 2010

Good one Jen! Interesting to go back to some early discussions we had about QR Codes on Museum3 - do you think things have changed much? Look forward to coming back and trying it out.

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