Once again, a simply Google search on museum participation led me to something really interesting! This is an article about The Museum of Non-Participation. I was incredibly intrigued by a museum with this moniker, so I looked into it. Turns out that this “museum” is more of a modern art exhibit which focuses on eliciting participation in an area where most people prefer not to participate. So not only does it encourage participation, it also raises awareness on the state of Pakistan and its portrayal in Western society. Definitely worth a look!
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Today I came across an article that announced the digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls in a collaboration made by Google technology and The Israel Museum. The scrolls are fully searchable and are high quality images with up to 1,200 megapixels. Many of the scrolls have an English translation included, and the program allows viewers to add comments for others to see. This use of technology can be a great thing for archives that are often fragile and light sensitive. It allows researchers, and anyone around the world to access and search the documents, without having to cause potential irreversible damage to the scrolls by removing them from storage.
Here is a YouTube video about the project:
Here is a link to the article:
And here is a link to the digitized Dead Sea Scrolls: