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  1. Create a QR code activated video self-tour library.

    Create a database of videos, each between 1 and 2 minutes long that give visitors important and engaging information about specific items at the Walters.

    Each video would be activated by scanning a QR code located next to the item in the museum. That QR code would link to the video that would be streamed to you smart phone or other Wi-Fi enabled hand held device.

    These videos would consist of a Docent talking about an item; with cut scenes to the item itself as well as close ups of the important features or details of each item.

    This project…

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    • Sustainable Centralized Database for Baltimore City's Public Art - Mt. Vernon Pilot Project

      Databases are the foundation for fabulous apps, websites and e-publications that have the potential to help raise funds for conserving our city's public art --- and they're super rad when filled with art!
      Anyone can help with collecting information for the database but technical input and groundwork toward a sustainable database for the future would also be of great value.
      Image from the Documenting Baltimore's Outdoor Public Artworks could be incorporated.

      32 votes
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      • Using BLE technology, create an audio tour app triggered by location

        As a simple experiment in using BLE technology in a museum environment, I'd like to see how effective it can be with audio tours triggered by location or proximity to BLE beacons. Other audio concepts welcome like a soundtrack that changes depending on the room you are in. We are working on getting some beacons to play with but if you have some you'd like to use, the more the merrier!

        27 votes
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        • fun with 3d printing and 3d scanning! There'll be a few Tinkerine Studio 3d printers available, so lets make stuff!

          There'll be a few Tinkerine Studio 3d printers available, so lets make stuff! I can show others how to take 3d scans, and how to use 3d software. We'll be able to capture sculptures, remix them, and share them online.

          29 votes
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          • use The Digital Walters to create a manuscript playground

            The Digital Walters is home to nearly 400 complete digital surrogates of manuscripts from The Walters' renowned collection
            (with more on the way!). Thanks to three grants from the NEH high-resolution archival images along with full cataloging
            information in machine-readable TEI P5 are available for free under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
            license for anyone who wants to use them. So let's use this amazingly structured data! It would be great if there was an
            awesome tool (anything from a basic website to a mobile app) through which one could play with and explore The Walters'
            manuscripts. Being able…

            11 votes
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            • Museum mashup - integrate data from multiple museums

              Using the concept of this page...

              http://art.thewalters.org/browse/places#places

              ...show objects from multiple museums on a single web page.

              Participating museums would need to create an open, web-accessible API of jsonp data that has a very basic structure for this exercise: Title, Period, Accession #, Institution, and a web-accessible thumbnail jpeg url.

              Countless hours have been spent in meetings, setting up standards, etc., but I think a few good haXors could do this in a weekend. Would need at least two APIs and someone who can make a web UI with jQuery (Sencha, etc). With enough votes, I can make 1000+ objects…

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              • Make The Walter's early childhood programs interactive and accessible online

                As educators in our galleries, we are able to enhance learning about objects through sound, video, interpretive materials, art making and collaborative activities. Even though our programs are free, many people are not able to attend due to issues like transportation or scheduling difficulties. Family & Community Programs at The Walters would like to use digital tools to create an interactive digital experience using the wealth of educational resources that we have already created. Not only do we want to bring in new families to the museum, but we want to serve the community that we are not able to…

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                • Build upon wordpress to facilitate political activism

                  Politicians have openly said that they don't look at petitions, they don't care about them. Part of the reason petitions have no effect is because they are delivered in bulk, by one person once. I believe that online political activism should be effective and that signing an online petition should generate and email delivered instantly to politicians of interest. I propose the development of software that would allow political activists to generate an email to politicians of interest, every time a signature is collected (QR code + touch compatible web service). This would provide constituents a convenient way to exert…

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                  • Curate a thematic exhibition based around a specific theme from the Walters Collection using Tumblr

                    Participants would be given a specific theme, generated from a word bank at random.They would have to curate a digital exhibition based on the theme using 10-20 works from the Walters Collection and digital data base of images. Exhibitions would be uploaded to Tumblr with a short statement explaining their curatorial theme - these would be made available to share with other museum goers via the Walters website and would energize and reinterpret works from the Walters, as well as draw attention to a range of different works.

                    6 votes
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                    • Walters Art Museum Podcast

                      For years, the Walters ran a short radio spot called "Postcards from the Walters." It was made into a podcast, but that podcast has fallen into disrepair. The museum and its visitors would probably benefit from a repaired and enhanced podcast!

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                      • Stitching Together X-Ray Images of Paintings

                        Because of the size of many paintings, x-rays have to be taken in separate “plates” and then digitally stitched back together. This is useful for seeing the way an artwork is imaged for conservation preservation. Finding a less time-consuming way to digitally combine plates is a big challenge for conservators.

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                        http://articles.thewalters.org/downloads/xray-37_637.zip

                        This is a set of six x-rays taken of a panel painting of the Madonna and Child in the Walters’ collection (accession number 37.637). The online resource URL for this object is http://art.thewalters.org/detail/8525/madonna-adoring-the-child-with-the-infant-john-the-baptist/.

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                        • Baltimore Art Geo Cache Hunt/s-

                          Participants use gps or compass to treasure-hunt art & architecture throughout the city. At each designated "find," they log some key that eventually forms a solution to a puzzle. State parks draw visitors from afar this way.

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                            • Using Apps for struggling artists and charitable nonprofits

                              Create an app to display works of arts by unknown artists. The artists would get name recognition in addition to proceeds from the sale. The charitable nonprofit would receive a percentage from the sale.

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                              • Create a virtual visit to the Walters 17th-c. Chamber of Wonders.

                                The Chamber of Wonders with its rich mixture of art and natural history specimens and also the two related galleries—the collector’s study and the hall of arms and armor--recreate some of the ways that a princely family in 17th century Europe might have displayed their collections. Although this is the space most favored by visitors and is also an installation that is incorporated into a range of university courses far beyond Baltimore, it has no web presence. Many who like to visit it cannot. So the proposal is to create a virtual visit on the web to these rooms that…

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                                • Reinvent program notes for symphony orchestras to be interactive and customizable on devices

                                  The biggest barrier to symphony attendance is that people feel like "they don't know enough about what they are hearing".Orchestras hand out little booklets called programs that do little to bring people in to the loop. We need the audience member to be able to drive their own education electronically when they are at the concert.Let's bring orchestras in to the 21st Century!

                                  38 votes
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                                  • Recommend works of art based on individual preference & behavior

                                    Based on individual preferences, behavior, or search terms, develop a tool to recommend works of art to users in a personalized manner. Similar to Pandora or iTunes Genius, engage users where they are, beginning with what interests them; then make recommendations that allow them to explore the collection in a more meaningful manner.

                                    37 votes
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                                    • Develop an electronic book format that is suitable for heavily illustrated non-fiction books.

                                      The Walters publishes multiple titles each year and is interested in electronic publishing, however we've not found a cross-platform format that can accurately handle illustrated non-fiction work well. We would like to find/create is a streamline digitizing method that can be applied to multiple past and future titles, so they can be accessed from any device of the readers choosing. And the cherry on top would be if the electronic form can expand upon the print edition in the obvious ways print is limited.

                                      28 votes
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                                      • Turn back time on an Ancient Egyptian Bronze Statuette

                                        Today, ancient objects can appear faded, corroded, and dull, which can make it hard to imagine what they could have looked like when they were first made. A current conservation science project attempts to understand and re-create the original appearance of a 2,500-year old statuette, with all its rich coloration and metallic inlay intact.

                                        Using a technique called x-ray fluorescence, we have measured the metal alloy and inlay composition of an ancient bronze object from the Walters Art Museum's permanent collections. With this data, it is possible to extract the original color appearance of the statuette.

                                        Using your expertise, we…

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                                        • Document Baltimore's Outdoor Public Artworks

                                          This project doesn't require advanced technological skills, just a camera, the internet and Baltimore itself are all you need. By collecting and sharing photographs and information about Baltimore's public artworks, we hope to make our great Baltimore sculptures and monuments more visible and accessible to people across the world. Anyone can participate!

                                          more info at: http://thewalters.org/exhibitions/public-property/monuments.aspx

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