Three weeks from today the ExhibitFiles website will be publicly available. This National Science Foundation-sponsored Website will allow exhibit developers to “connect with colleagues, find out about exhibits, and share experiences.”
For over a year now we’ve been working with our partners at the Association of Science-Technology Centers and Independent Exhibitions to design this community site. We’ve had a great group of advisors and we’ve also received helpful comments through the ExhibitFiles Development blog. The site is being custom built with Ruby on Rails and represents thousands of hours of development time.
The ExhibitFiles will allow exhibit designers and others to share their experiences in the form of exhibit or exhibition case studies and to offer opinions through reviews and comments. A variety of media types (images, audio and video) will be supported. User profiles, favorites, and commenting will allow ExhibitFiles members to interact with other on the site. The development blog contains more details on the ExhibitFiles site and design process.
If you’re attending the Museums and the Web conference you can get a sneak preview in in the Usability Lab from 11:40-12:00 on Friday the 13th. We hope to see you in the ExhibitFiles later in the month!