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Sample result image from First Impressions

I am excited to announce the IMA’s launch of First Impressions, a new tagging feature on our website. This new feature gives you an opportunity to tell us what grabs your attention when viewing items in our collection, without typing ‘text-based’ tags.

As we have developed this project, I have realized this is a really fun way to interact with the objects in our collection. As each work is displayed, you are asked to click on what first draws your eye. After clicking through the whole set (this time it is about 12 images), you will see each image with an overlay, showing where you clicked and where everyone else clicked. Your click will be displayed as a small black marker on each image. Everyone else’s clicks will display in a heat map- an array of colors showing the most clicked (and most noticed) areas of each work. The darker the shade of red, the more clicks have occurred in that area.

We are planning to make this an ongoing series with new sets of works to view in the future. Each time we release a new set, we will post about it. We also hope to post results from previous First Impressions sets showing you what people see- and also what they don’t see.

With much of the US already experiencing winter weather, we were inspired to gather up chilly images inspired by Winter Solstice. This set reflects the change in the seasons and the weather to come over the next few months. So grab your favorite warm beverage (I prefer hot chocolate this time of year), come in out of the cold, and give us your First Impressions.

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100 Acres from Above

Recently Google Maps posted an update to their imagery in the Indianapolis area. We have been looking forward to this update to see how 100 acres would look from the sky.

Funky Bones

Seeing the progress of the park from these photos makes it appear that these images were taken a couple weeks before the park officially opened.

Park of Laments

Since we are using Google Maps to create a mobile experience in the park, our application received an automatic update as well. If you browse to the IMA website on your mobile phone or use this link to go directly to the map: 100 Acres Map; You will see the updated imagery along with further information about each work and the nature around it.


Tag, you’re it.

The new IMA website provides many ways to discover works of art in our collection.  Today I want to highlight how we have integrated tagging into the website to make each work easier to find and interactive.

Tags on Artworks

When viewing an artwork on the website you will notice a section called TELL US WHAT YOU SEE in the right sidebar.  This is the area where you can interact with the page by providing your own tags.  It also displays the top tags provided by users for this work.  When you enter your own tags they will be highlighted in a color matching the IMA logo on the page.

The larger the tag the more times it has been used to describe this work.  You can even hover your mouse over each tag to get a tool-tip that shows how many times that tag has been used. Clicking on a tag will take you to the Collection Search and perform a search for other works with that tag.  Read the rest of this entry »


Picture Searching with Google Goggles

Yesterday Google announced a new application for Android phones called Google Goggles (We will see if this makes its way to the iPhone too).  The application allows you to take a photo of something and then it does a search based on the content of that photo.  Google highlights that this application works well when searching Landmarks, Books, Artworks, Places, and Logos.

(via curiousexpeditions)

(via curiousexpeditions)

Of course the search function we would be most interested in is for the artworks.  With this application museum visitors could use their phone to quickly look up extended information on a work of art without having to type the sometimes long title/artist combination into the phone.  From what I can tell this is returning content from Google’s index and therefore could show information about the work provided by the museum itself.

One area that could see a significant benefit from this is outdoors where signage is typically limited.  As we add more outdoor works of art in 100 Acres, it would be great for a visitor to take a quick photo of a work and find out detailed information on that piece.  Read the rest of this entry »


Augment my reality?

Augmented reality applications are gaining quite the buzz when it comes to mobile devices like the iPhone and Android smartphones.  These applications use the phones video camera and overlay information about what you see on the screen.  Using GPS to pinpoint your location and a compass to determine which direction your phone is facing, the application can determine what is near your location for displaying on the screen.  This overlay can include anything from real estate listings to the nearest McDonalds.

So to better describe what my words can’t, here is a screen shot of the Metro Paris iPhone app.  This application provides users with the locations of the nearest subway stations in their area along with nearby businesses.

Métro Paris application

Métro Paris application

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