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|
Assistant Director (IT), Heritage Technology Services, National Heritage Board, Singapore, Singapore
Business Manager, Visual Factory Pte Ltd, Singapore
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