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RESEARCH & DESIGN

Open Exhibits 2.0: New SDK & Website Coming March 28th

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by Jim Spadaccini
Director Ideum


March 1, 2012

In just 28 days a new version of the Open Exhibits software and a brand-new website will launch.

When we first built the site and released the 1.0 version of the SDK back in November 2009 we didn’t anticipate that we would be rebuilding it all a year and half later.  However, along the way we heard from you: our community members, our partners and advisors and we decided to rebuild based on the great feedback we received.  This new course provides the best opportunity for Open Exhibits to become a long lasting and self-sufficient community of practice.

Here’s a summary of some of what you can expect to see on March 28th.

The Open Exhibits 2.0 SDK is completely rebuilt from the ground up and it has been extended in a number of ways; including the development of CML (our own Creative Markup Language). This introduction of this new XML markup language is an “OCGM” centered approach to authoring; as CML defines the objects and their behaviors within an application. (You can learn more about OCGM here.)

Open Exhibits 2.0 support for GestureML, CreativeML, and CSS will give non-programmers the ability to more easily adapt applications for their own needs. They can change gesture, object and application parameters, and styles—all outside of ActionScript.  This is a huge development as it will hopefully make Open Exhibits much more accessible. In addition, the structural changes represent a new approach to authoring, one that we feel is much better suited for multitouch (and other new HCI tech) development.

Along with Open Exhibits 2.0 SDK, a new Collection Viewer with a separate application (GUI) for populating the viewer with content will be released. There’s more about the Collection Viewer in a previous post. 

We will release more exhibit templates this year with content GUIs.  Again, the idea here is that these drag-and-drop content management applications will help make it easier for nonprogrammers to get started with Open Exhibits.

Open Exhibits 2.0 will have a brand new website. Along with its new look, the Website will have a number of new features. We are using WordPress and BuddyPress and we’re really happy with how these tools are working. The profile feature is greatly improved, as is blog authoring (of course).  Also, the site will have the ability for members to start their own discussion groups; allowing our forums to act a place for creative discussion, not just a space for support requests.

The most exciting new feature is the Wanted Boards. Here community members can post and “claim” small development projects. If you have an idea for a software module or need help with design or research, the Wanted Boards might be able to help.  Wanted Board items will include software development, screen-casts, and requests for blog posts on specific topics, research, and even hardware development for Arduino projects.

The Wanted Boards include an admin function that allows us to add a cash bounty or Amazon gift certificate to items on the board. The Tech Open Source has partnered with us to help promote promising items with additional cash bounties.

Starting the site over again has allowed us to incorporate all of the feedback we received from various surveys, the design summit, and other sources over the last year.  We think the new site will be one that encourages greater participation from our 2,300+ members.

As many of you know, there have been some delays in getting the new site and new software together. This new development has also pushed back a few other items including Heist and other Collection Viewer features until later this year. We appreciate your patience. We are confident that this important foundational work will serve the Open Exhibits community well.

Thanks for all your feedback and support.  We are very excited about the release and we hope you are too.  

 

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Collection Viewer 2.0 - Multiscreen Capable With Editing GUI!

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by Jim Spadaccini
Director Ideum


February 17, 2012

As part of the new Open Exhibits release next month, we are releasing a new and improved version of the Collection Viewer. The 2.0 version has the ability to display images or related video on second display, improved metadata support, better performance, and graphical user interface (GUI) for adding content. 

Check out this video which shows the multiscreen Collection Viewer 2.0 and GUI in action.

We still have a long list of additions to add to the Collection Viewer during the course of 2012. If you want see some of the features we are looking to add, see the blog post: Building a Better Collection Viewer (Part 2)

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Open Exhibits Participant Survey

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February 13, 2012

With Open Exhibits now in its second year, we are gathering more feedback from participants about their experiences thus far. To that end, we have created a short survey online at:

http://rockman.us2.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b1Py80XMx6526BC

We want to hear from a wide range of participants - including people who've been actively participating over the course of the past year, as well as those who may not have been as active for various reasons. In otherwords, if you are signed up as a memeber on the Open Exhibits website - we want to hear from you! ...about what you've done, ...what you've liked, ...and about anything that might be holding you back from participating more fully. We also want your input on some new features that will be coming to the Open Exhibits website soon. 

Everyone who completes the survey by the end of February 2012 will be entered in a drawing to win one of 5 $50 Amazon.com gift certificates (gift cards will be delivered via email if you are selected if your name/survey is selected - please check Amazon.com for specific gift card and shipping policies if you do not currently live in the United States). 

If you have any questions or specific comments - please feel free to send me a note. Thanks in advance for your help!

 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number Division of Research on Learning in formal and informal settings #1010028. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Open Exhibits was developed by Ideum, makers of GestureWorks. Open Exhibits SDK is free for non-commercial use.

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