Thoughts: The Digitalisation of Museums and Books

June 8, 2016

How will museums of the future look? | Sarah Kenderdine | TEDxGateway 2013

 

Thoughts on video: 

 

Interesting but without smell and textures a space becomes flat and empty.

Technology is amazing and it can take us to great places but we have to learn to cherish the importance of our material world too.

 

What I find great: 
+ This technology is becoming a stepping stone for more amazing developments.
+ Gives access to some otherwise inaccessible spaces.

 

What I do not particularly love: 

- Digitalisation of material is in some cases abused and unjustified. 

 

 

Related thoughts: 

Digitalisation of books:

 

Sentimental loss: 

 

The relationship with a book is like a romantic relationship. The powdery smell of a book and the crisp sound its pages produce as you flick through them with your fingertips cannot be replaced by any existing technologies; much like how skype cannot replace the presence of someone you love. 

 

Practical loss:

 

With a paper book you can rely on your acute understanding of space to learn and remember information. You can break down information in chapters in space, get a feeling of the amount of information to be learned by flicking through them or by using pointers around the pages, you can tear chapters off, you can stick post-it notes and then move them around, you can write next to stuff then draw with the same marker, you can draw lines on the seams between the pages (everyone loves that for some reason) and after you have interacted with all of this in a deep level you can later recall what you learned by thinking spatially.*

 

Existing technologies: 

Being able to see a page turn on my screen doesn't improve my experience of reading a book online. It was exciting at first but when the excitement wore off I was left with a void feature whose sole function was reminding me that I was not holding real paper. 

 

Practicality: Positives

Less weight. Less trees. In some cases cheaper. In some cases broader access of material. 

 

For future investigation

 

> *These are my personal thoughts but I would love to learn more about it. Why is it easier to remember information like this? I remember seeing a ted talk about using space to recall information. It would be nice to research the topic of Digitalisation of books in more depth in the future. 

 

> In order to read things in digital form you might not be using paper but you are still using objects that are manufactured. Materials have been extracted for its production and you are relying on energy to be accessed. Also the hardware will be disposed some day. If we compare the two life-cycles of the digital and the analogue tools, which is best in terms of sustainability? 

 

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