Digital interpretation Outdoor interpretation Active participation
PALMER, P.J. and RATHBONE, N., 2017. Can technology inspire the smartphone population to connect with the great outdoors? Presented at the European Conference on Heritage Interpretation, Inverness, Scotland, 3-6th October.
This discussion paper makes observations about the use of technology in heritage
interpretation and explores questions about its potential as a mechanism of engagement.
We examine the following issues:
● Quality of Information: Internet searches return a large amount of information, but
the accuracy can be problematic. Lazy research can lead to disengagement.
● Technologies for Digital Interpretation: We look at technologies might be suitable
for delivering interpretative content in remote locations.
● Engaging the public: A good human guide can inspire excitement. We offer ad hoc
examples of digital interaction that also seem offer excitement.
● Project Management Challenges: Traditional project management styles impose a
task and milestone orientated approach that can stifle innovation. Complex systems
project management focusses on modelling and iteration to capture project based
learning. Good quality digital interpretation has more in common with rocket science
than building a house!