Mark P. Kumler, Ph.D.
Douglas M. Flewelling, Ph.D.
Nowadays, museums are continually coping with current advanced technologies to enhance communicating and learning journey for visitors. From this point of view, San Bernardino County Museum (SBCM) found it necessary to adapt a new approach by representing geological exhibits – “geological wonders” – into a rich and interactive experience to the museum visitors and guests.
A system called Multi-touch GIS-based Tour of San Bernardino Geological Wonders is developed that help SBCM to do so. The system works on multi touch tabletops that allow users to interact with three-dimensional spatial representations of geological wonders as if it is in their hands, and virtually fly from one geological wonder to another. In addition, the system lets visitors explore various spatial and contents in such a way that enhances the museum’s learning experience and retention of knowledge, and encourage visitors to inspect geological wonders in the field. It also performs some geographic information system analysis to increase understanding and visualization of the wonders.
Alburshaid, Y. A. (2012). A Multi-touch GIS-based Tour for Museum Exhibits (Master's thesis, University of Redlands). Retrieved from http://inspire.redlands.edu/gis_gradproj/16