Cooperative museum evolution System

Kiyoka Fushimi, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan, Yoshitaka Yabumoto, Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History, Japan, Seiya Ikemoto, National Museum of Nature & Science, Japan, Japan, Makoto Manabe, National Museum of Nature & Science, Japan, Japan

Our intention is to encourage cooperation with museums in the western part of Japan, museums affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and museums overseas by using personal digital assistances. We are trying to create a new type of participatory museum support system which operates beyond academic fields and regions. It is experimental research to analyze participants’ degree of satisfaction by using data gathered from questionnaires on the web site.
In addition to the photographs of major exhibited objects or works whose theme is “life” which were offered by museums, postings of other exhibited objects’ pictures and comments from the local general public participants increase the information we can share on the web site and make the system evolve. Both domestic and oversea museums can cooperate and share the information beyond fields. By using this system, we can encourage active information delivery from the museums affected by the Earthquake, which will lead to an understanding of the museum’s current situation and support. The purpose of the research is to both broaden and deepen appreciation of the museum experience. The most important point is to experience the real appreciation on the spot what is on display at the museum.