The Digital Museum Lab aimed to encourage experimentation, reflection and evaluation and facilitated this through a permanent physical lab space in the Allard Pierson Museum and a public programme. Through DEN (Digital Heritage Netherlands), there was coordination with the network Digital Heritage, through Waag there was a strong link with the creative industries and through the research group Crossmedia of the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, there was knowledge on new opportunities of all kinds of media and on public perception.
The Lab’s programme focused on:
- The integration of (new) technologies in the exhibition space;
- Personalizing the visitor experience;
- Finding sustainable solutions, with software and hardware being adaptable, reusable and intuitive.
The Digital Museum Lab was a small, open and flexible platform where it iwas possible for museums to (let) test specific applications. Themes that we programmed included smart objects, augmented reality, beacons, sensor technology, 3D models and environments. Findings were shared with colleagues from the international museum and heritage domain via regular Meetup meetings.