Google Helping Museums Share Their Collections Using Mobile Apps
Google has unveiled a program that is helping the world's museums create their own mobile apps using Google tools and services so they can virtually share their collections with visitors.Google is offering its Google Cultural Institute software platform to museums around the world so that they can build their own simple and powerful custom mobile apps and offer them to virtual visitors so that their collections can become available to legions of new visitors. So far, 11 museums and cultural institutions in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Nigeria have worked with Google engineers on the pilot project and made their apps available for free in the Google Play store, according to a recent post on the Google Art Project Google+ page. "The platform allows museums to create a simple but powerful mobile app, based on Google's technology including Street View and YouTube," wrote Robert Tansley, the product manager for the Google Cultural Institute, in a recent post on the Google Policy Europe Blog. "Without resorting to expensive technical help, museums now can tell their stories." Museums and other interested institutions can sign up with Google to participate in the program.
The apps that have been created so far can be used by museum visitors to learn more about the stories behind exhibits, wrote Tansley. "These mobile apps allow easy sharing with friends. Because Internet access can be a challenge when traveling abroad, we made sure these apps will work when you're offline."