If art is bit…ecosystems are born!Thursday, May 28th, 2009 by Roberto Saracco
We had a meeting today with people from the department of Fine Arts and the University of Udine to discuss the possibility of creating an ecosystem based on the artistic assets available in Italian Museums.
Just imagine what can be done by transforming artistic masterpieces in bits, mashing ups on these virtual representation other information and open it up to third parties to create services.
One can, as an example, imagine a art lesson in a classroom where the teacher relates information present in the students’ book to the real masterpiece that can be accessed remotely from its museum home. The teacher adds information and mashes it up on the masterpiece. Students will have the opportunity of looking at this mash up back home, with their computer or with a dedicated IPTV channel. This latter may be useful to share information with grandparents that may not be familiar with computers. The student may play with the “virtual masterpiece” using services provided by third parties, change some colours and create his own interpretation of the masterpiece, share it in the classroom community, create a social network around that masterpiece.
The possibility, once you combine atoms and bits with mash ups are really limitless.
The crucial point is enabling the ecosystem, making sure that there is a first set of actors that release their assets in a (controllable) usable open way so that other parties may join the ecosystem.
The seed, as in any ecosystems, is crucial and along with it the aspects of trust, ownership.