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“Design of Interactive Archives Display Exhibition” Focus Group Symposium in April, 2014
2014-06-24


I. Time: April 8th, 2014 (Tue) 14:00-17:00

II. Place: Bai-Nian Building Classroom 409, National Chengchi University

III. Attendants: 
Assoiciate Professor of NCCU Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies Lin, Chiao-Ming
Editor of National Central Library Exclusive Documentary Group Huang, Wen-Te
Director of Kuomingtang Gallery of Party History Wang, Wen-Lung
Director of the Archives of Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica Wang, Li-Chiao
National Palace Museum Research Assistant Wu, Shao-Chun
National Archives Administration, National Development Council Services Division Chou, Hsiao-Wen 
Graduate Student of NCCU Graduate Institute of Library, Information and Archival Studies Li, Pei-Shan
 
IV. Recorder: Lee, Pei-Shan 
 
V. Discussion: 
i. The Process of Planning the Exhibition
1. Using the Display of Interactive Design
 
The display of interactive design can attract audience, strengthen the effects of situation experience and of course impresses the viewers a lot. It really makes the exhibit better. However, according to results of questionnaires that are given out in each exhibit, what the audience care the most is whether the display content is good or not. 
In the academic field, it is believed that some items on display can be touched and operated, but maybe it is only feeling. Seriously speaking, interaction has to be back and forth. The process of the interaction is not only based on pressing a button and then touching off the voice or only making a thing by hand. However, in broader sense, the interaction is attractive and the range is wide. Even collecting stamps could be included. 
 
2. The Importance of the Display of Interactive Design on Archives Exhibition 
 
The display of interactive exhibition on archives actually is far more important than paintings and things. However, there are difficulties hosting exhibitions of archives. Displaying artistic objects is easier to get viewer’s attention. On the contrary, displaying archives is not. If we want to display archives, we have to find the storyline, which catches viewer’s attention. Usually, viewers show low interests in exhibition of National Palace Museum related to archives. However, if we could host interactive exhibit, people would change their attitude toward archives. To reach this goal, the first condition is having enough money and the second is that there are people who are willing to devote to the project. 
 
3. Hosting the exhibition with other agencies or on your own?
 
If we host the exhibition with other agencies, then it depends on how much money you pay. If it is over the budget, the agency you are associated to will not accept. Sometimes we choose a simple direction and then ask the agency to take over the project. 
 
4. If your institution design the exhibit on your own, usually how many people are involved in? What are their backgrounds? 
 
Usually there are 3-5 people who take charge of the exhibit. The main point is telling stories to audience and provoke their interests. 
 
5. What kind of contents are more suitable to be displayed interactively? What are the points that need to be emphasized? 
 
The thing that matters is the material itself, not the topics. As long as the material is suitable, it could be designed to display interactively. 
 
6. What types of archives are more suitable to be displayed interactively? 
 
The most important thing is that there are images among the items for display that could be used. Images and sounds are definitely more attractive to viewers and more variable. 
 
ii. Display Design
1. What are the ways you use to display interactive exhibition? What are the strengths and weaknesses? 
 
Online games, projection, e-book or memo board are some of the ways that are used to create interaction. Generally speaking, children and tourists are more likely to try the devices. 
 
2. What are the devices that are used on display for interaction? 
 
The devices that are used, for example, kinnet of Microsoft, AR, color detection, sound sensor, etc. 
 
3. What are the key points of designing a good interactive display?
 
The first thing that needs considering is your target viewers. And then the things that decides whether the exhibit is successful or not are fun, simplicity, the display time and the connection between the exhibit itself and the viewers. 
 
4. How to deal with the objects on display if you want to make it for further usage? 
 
Usually the agencies we cooperate with would be asked to offer two versions for display, that is, besides physical one, digital one is required. Actually the objects that were on display before could not be redisplayed again after a few years, like one to three years. Since it is aimed to display something innovative in an exhibition, objects could not be redisplayed after a certain period of time. 
 
iii. The Effects of a Display
1. The strengths and weaknesses of an interactive display comparing to other methods of display?
 
Hosting this kind of interactive display will definitely attract more people to enter the exhibition and take a look. It would impress them more comparing to other methods of display. However, meanwhile it is not possible for too many people to interact with the design at the same time so usually people have to line up and wait for using. Besides, since we use digital devices, there are chances that the machine would be broken. And in terms of viewers’ attitude toward the exhibition, it is found that their points of view about topics on display are indeed changed after using the interactive devices though they could not actually say them out. 
 
2. According to past experiences, what are the reactions of viewers about interactive displays? What are the effects that might be brought to the viewers? 
 
This is answered in attendants’ responses of other questions. 
 

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