A Public-private Partnership on CyberMuseum Development and Operation

By Steven Wu Wan Pok and Gerald Lui Sieu Leong.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Virtual museums of various flavours are catching on rapidly and have been implemented as “flat” galleries or as immersive spaces. However, few have addressed the challenges of exhibiting 3D artifacts in user-created virtual galleries. Applying a public-private sector collaborative model, the National Heritage Board (NHB) of Singapore has embarked on a project, tentatively titled “Cybermuseum”, to develop a platform for curating personal or public collections in virtual galleries. The challenges of managing a public-private partnership to develop an innovative technology platform and spin-off subprojects such as a competition for tertiary institutes are discussed. Collectively, the project portfolio calls for effective program management within a defined framework. Besides creating tools for building virtual spaces, Cybermuseum development also has to provide for artifact metadata and logistical information management required for curating an exhibition. In addition, in the spirit of inclusion and interactivity, Cybermuseum platform has to support social networking and other knowledge-sharing features. The end product or service is intended for use by both amateurs and professional curators.

Keywords: Virtual Gallery, Public-private Sector Partnership, Exhibition Curation, 3D Artefacts, Social Networking

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.111-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.667MB).

Mr Steven Wu Wan Pok

Assistant Director (IT), Heritage Technology Services, National Heritage Board, Singapore, Singapore

Steven Wu Wan Pok holds a B.Sc(Eng)Hons degree in Computing Science from Imperial College London and a Master's degree in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His previous work experience has spanned roles in IT technical support, MIS management, education and R&D management. Some of the organizations he has been associated with include HP, INTEL, ABB and Institute of High Performance Computing, Singapore. Presently, he is overseeing strategic planning, service management and project management at National Heritage Board, Singapore. His current projects include museum collection management services, web portals for cultural heritage, enterprise search and virtual worlds.

Gerald Lui Sieu Leong

Business Manager, Visual Factory Pte Ltd, Singapore

Gerald is the Business Manager at Visual Factory. He has primary project management and marketing responsibilities for the public-private partnership on Cybermuseum project with the National Heritage Board. In his previous roles, Gerald has worked at leading financial institutions such as United Overseas Bank, DBS Bank, and Credit Suisse Private Bank. Currently, he is developing other ‘fun’ virtual eTowns for immersive and interactive experience by providing fully featured social network community solutions for users to consume and enjoy rich 3D and digital media content and services.

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