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Re: QR Codes [UNCLASSIFIED]

From:

Andy Mabbett <[log in to unmask]>

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Museums Computer Group <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:28:18 +0000

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Regarding my earlier point about QRpedia, linking to Wikipedia
artciles; Wikipedia has articles in "Simple English" -
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page (suitable for deaf people
whose first language is BSL, not written English) and some articles
are available as audio files, suitable for people with a visual
impairment. Wikipedia's web pages have better-than-most accessibility,
and we're always working to improve that.

More volunteers, not least to read articles as audio files, or rewrite
them for the Simple English Wikipedia, are always welcome!

On 15 February 2012 23:46, Annette Haworth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Following on from Marcus' note, we're just doing some experiments on QR codes for visitors who might find touching, swiping, typing etc difficult.
> Very early stages but we think there may be mileage in combining the idea of a QR code being brought to the reading device (rather than vice versa) with other aids such as a trolley for the less dextrous or those with a learning disability.
> Brief description of (slightly Blue Peteresque) trials so far:
> http://imusenews.blogspot.com/2012/02/initial-experiences-with-touch-screens.html
>
> Tested successfully with 50 child-visitors to the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, so far this half term.
> Annette
> ________________________________________
> From: Museums Computer Group [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Marcus Weisen [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 15 February 2012 20:25
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: QR Codes [UNCLASSIFIED]
>
> Hi all,
>
> best to make them as big as possible and, if possible, against a
> contrasting colour background if the space is dark and one wants to make
> sure older and partially-sigthed people see them.
>
> they are one of the most important, if not the most important archive user
> group - and in the not too distant future, of museums too.
>
> also: as QR code mania is taking hold - let's not forget that an inlcusive
> design approach is needed for the whole project and that includes cultural
> content tha tis accessible and meaningful to disabled people - for example
> audio description for visually impaired people, British Sign Language,
> subt-titlng, easy read,  etc
>
> same with AR: all these technologies allow for accessible content,
> personalisation and an inclusive cultural experience, Users, non-users and
> audiences need to be our focus. How user-centered are we?
>
> best wishes,
>
> Marcus
>
> Marcus Weisen
> Director - Jodi Mattes Trust for accessible digital culture
> *
> www.jodimattestrust.org.uk
>
>
> *
> 2012/2/15 Pugh, Jo <[log in to unmask]>
>
>> Some reader apps are extremely good at working in low light conditions
>> (our museum space is dark by most yardsticks) but some are not so good.
>>
>> We experimented with different sizes of code in order to establish how
>> small we could make them before devices started protesting.
>>
>> We also organised a drop-in session for staff in order to gauge what
>> signal strength was like on different networks. (Alas 'variable' was the
>> answer.)
>>
>> It's really all about the wi-fi if you want them to actually get used, I
>> reckon.
>>
>> Jo
>>
>>
>> Jo Pugh
>> Education Technical Officer
>> The National Archives
>> Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5330 x2748
>> www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education
>>
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>> www.twitter.com/ukwarcabinet
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom
>> Grinsted
>> Sent: 15 February 2012 17:33
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: QR Codes
>>
>> Very good point. Interestingly, I spent a day at IWM North yesterday with
>> other members of the Social Interpretation team testing QR codes in the
>> gallery space.
>> Light is really an issue and we're going to be getting creative about
>> where we place them.
>>
>> I'd also strongly suggest that if you are testing for light-levels, to
>> test on a range of phones. We found that my Android (HTC Desire S),
>> Claire's iPhone 3Gs, and Jane's iPhone 3G all coped with low-lighting in
>> very different ways. If we'd only tested with one, some of our placements
>> just wouldn't have worked for some users.
>>
>> It's not just simple light levels either. On the way, we came across this
>> advert:
>> https://plus.google.com/u/0/105770065818820203758/posts
>> All nice and back-lit. But the contrast between light advert and dark
>> surround meant that an iPhone just couldn't read the code.
>>
>> Aahh, the joys of using a camera as an interface device. Roll-on NFC I say!
>>
>> Tom
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>> Gemma Sturtridge
>> Sent: 15 February 2012 16:55
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: QR Codes
>>
>> Or for that matter light levels in the gallery space?  I've had a really
>> frustrating experience in an exhibition where I had mobile signal, but the
>> room was so dark my phone couldn't 'see' the QR codes.
>> Gemma
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>> Bonewell, Perry
>> Sent: 15 February 2012 14:13
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: QR Codes
>>
>> When setting up QR codes does anyone test mobile carrier coverage/signal
>> strength (when wifi isn't provided)?
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Museums Computer Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jed
>> Howlett
>> Sent: 13 February 2012 10:26
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: QR Codes
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>> I am a Heritage Documentation Trainee at the Museum of East Anglian Life
>> and I am currently working on creating QR Code content for our new Abbot's
>> Hall displays. As part of my work on this I will be giving a talk about QR
>> Codes and my experiences of working with them at the Demystifying Digital
>> Heritage event at West Suffolk House on April 25th.
>>
>> I would like to be able to get an idea of how museums staff feel about QR
>> codes. Have you tried to use them and if so how have you made use of them?
>> Has the use of QR codes been a success, failure, or somewhere in between?
>> What sort of visitor feedback have you had? And if you haven't used QR
>> codes are there any specific reasons for this?
>>
>> Any feedback would be a big help in gaining a clearer picture of how QR
>> codes are (or aren't) being used, and I'll be sure to post my presentation
>> up here after I've done it.
>>
>> Many thanks,
>>
>> Jed
>>
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Andy Mabbett
@pigsonthewing
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk

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