UCSC has students create exhibitions as final projects - how to work with different staff
Educational use case is huge - do we address this?
How do physical exhibitions translate to digital space?
Is Calisphere a service or a vetting process?
UCI isn’t even there yet for instruction - an exploratory opportunity, is it something we *can* do? - expectations, the type of work that might be required
Rotating physical exhibition - not really digital presence
Can we have students scan objects and make an easy website of it?
CA Rare Books School class on exhibits
Meanwhile, UCI is reframing the exhibits committee
Important to know: can’t create Calisphere exhibits without the content already digital and on Calisphere
Refocus from general exhibit about National Parks to more local scope
They split the responsibilities between two interns: 1 physical, 1 digital
Only being able to use what’s on Calisphere is a limitation
Intern was 2nd year undergrad - poised, academic maturity, history dept
Intern had the story she needed to tell, but not the training to tell the story
How in-depth to get into things?
She assumed that the audience knew the things she had already researched; she didn’t realize she had the breadth of knowledge she had, and needed to write it out
What types of questions would researchers have when they approached these materials?
UCSF experience with Omeka:
Similar model - you create the digital item first
Limiting in the sense that some of the stuff you’d include in physical exhibits - e.g. graphic material, logos, etc. - how you group things to make a statement
How do you make that resonate on a cookie-cutter digital exhibit platform?
A good deliverable of our group would be some guidance: bulleted list of things to think about in creating these, base requirements
Do there need to be base requirements based on scope of exhibitions? - e.g., is Calisphere an appropriate place to do a very subject-specific exhibition? Or do you have to make it broader, like “psychology in the bay area?”
Also technical requirements that Calisphere may not fulfill - is there an option for an institution to case-by-case propose additional development? A clear path for this.
- Can’t assume it’s only curators writing these things
- Scoping: what it is, what’s in it?
- Decision-making and vetting - collection development?; is CDL a publishing house? How do we make sure that Calisphere is trusted and adheres to this? Someone else needs to look at this - who and how?
Could some exhibitions get a Twitter “seal of approval”?
Physical exhibits have various levels for funding, etc.
Could there be 3 templates for exhibits?
A, B, C level templates - e.g. number of items we expect to display, how much text, etc.
Caught between wanting to market this and get people involved and also saying “we have all these guidelines and standards” -- very awkward position
If we could clearly articulate mission, vision, values, and purpose for Calisphere exhibition, then we’d be in better shape:
Is an exhibition an argument (a-level) or a celebration (b-level)?
What Christine and Brenna wanted was more documentation on expectations and roles
We should generate a list of outcomes we want to see