We’re currently developing a comprehensive virtual museum for the cultural site and modern community of Umm el-Jimal, Jordan. While we’ll be adding content rapidly to the project website
over the coming months, sample virtual reality images
and a brief video
overview of our documentation work are already available online.
At Open Hand, a unique feature of our projects is creating virtual museums that both digitally preserve cultural heritage and help share it beyond traditional educational, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Virtual museums are online, interactive spaces that digitally explore cultural heritage topics much like a regular museum exhibit—creatively showcasing people, places, objects, and ideas—but without the limitations of physical space. By using an increasingly standard set of web technologies, these online (or even offline) spaces can assist people from around the world to learn about a particular culture, as well as help enable communities to better manage their own ongoing cultural change.
Depending on the particular context, we often create these online exhibits in tandem with regular museum exhibitions, allowing visitors from all over the world virtual access to their content via virtual reality imagery,
3d film, and other fascinating
interactive technologies. In this way,
online experiences can complement and
carefully augment, rather than replace,
the sense of place and space often
critical to cultural communities, and
the sites they inhabit.