Sacred Space and the Web (Booth 4)

Jacob Olmstead, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, USA, Curtis Ashton, Church History Library, USA

This demonstration will exhibit a prototype website developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints featuring three historic sites in Palmyra, New York. The demonstrators will share with attendees how their questions about audience and the components of the onsite experience dictated their approach and the tools used to engage their audience. Perhaps most intriguing are questions about the sacred and the spiritual and if these elements be communicated digitally.

The following are sources which supported our approach in the creation of this website:
Giridharadas, Anand. “Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds.” The New York Times, August 7, 2014.
Goldsberry, Kirk. “The Importance of Spatial Thinking Now.” HBR Block Network, September 30, 2013.
Kinzel, Michelle and Dawn Wright. “Using Geovisualizations in the Curriculum: Do Multimedia Tools Enhance Geography Education?” Environmental Systems Research Institute Education User’s Conference (August 2008), 1-13.
Kessell, Angela and Barbara Tversky. “Visualizing Space, Time, and Agents: Production, Performance, and Preference.” Cognitive Processing 12 no. 1 (2010), 43-52.
Nollenburg, Martin. “Geographic Visualization.” Human-Centered Visualization Environments (2006, 257-294.
Schmidt-Weigand, Florian and Katharina Scheiter. “The Role of Spatial Descriptions in Learning from Multimedia,” Computers in Human Behavior 27 (2011), 22-28.
Tversky, Barbara. “Visualizing Thought,” Cognitive Science 3 (2011), 499-535.
“When is a museum experience?” Blog post, museum geek, August 9, 2014.