Optimizing the Use of Digitization Technology in Museums

Emma Gunst Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Paul Hanson Butler University
How museums implement photogrammetry, digitization, 3D scanning and printing, and virtual reality to better preserve artifacts and share them with the public. I look at how the use of those technologies enhances museum education and accessibility and helps with a person’s overall understanding of the material, as well as how these technologies contribute to storing and preserving artifacts. The growth in technological advancements within the last twenty years has led to changes in how museums operate and share their information with the public. Museums use technology for a variety of purposes, but I focused on how these technologies are used for the storage of artifacts and how artifacts are portrayed to the public. This could be online through a website or in an exhibit. To gather a base of information, I have looked at a variety of scholarly articles from the last twenty years. I conducted my own research by interviewing contacts at various museums, but will primarily focus on The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. I discovered that using these technologies allows guests, particularly children, to gain a better understanding of the material, allows museums to share artifacts with people who are not able to visit via the internet, and gives museum educators the ability adapt programming and exhibits for people who have disabilities. In the future I may expand this study and try to reach out to more institutions to see how they implement these technologies themselves and what they have found to be successful.
Anthropology
Poster Presentation

When & Where

Irwin Library Lower Level