The msu.seum app lets you explore the history of MSU's campus and the processes used to research and preserve its heritage.
Over the past few weeks, our communications manager has had the pleasure of spending some time at the University Archives and Historical Collections for an upcoming project. "I've loved every minute of it," Katie said. "I had no idea about some of the stories from the history of our campus. It really is incredible."
Several groups on campus have teamed up to help make this type of exploration of the history of Michigan State University's campus easier and more interactive. The archaeology field school and the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, the 2011 Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, have created an application that reveals the cultural heritage of campus and the processes by which the history has been revealed. The application connects the history and heritage of a location directly to the place, showing both what is known and the scholarly narrative of the research process. The application is based on geo-location, but rather than using the app to "check in" at locations, users use the app to "check out" the stories behind them. The app serves as a digital tour guide, with campus as your living museum.
The app is currently available via the App Store on iOS devices, and the team hopes to expand to Android platforms soon.
Download the app today at: http://msu.seum.matrix.msu.edu/.
Photos courtesy of msu.seum.