Techno but not dialogic

The South Australian Museum is implementing a kind of mother-CMS, so that collection items, once arranged and described, can be output to any screen device in the museum, be it hand-held, part of an exhibition display, on the web, whatever.

When this tech was being demonstrated at the MA conference, the presenters mentioned a facility to track changes made by users. I got all excited, thinking how great it would be for visitors to be able to interpret the collection too… but then I realised they didn’t mean visitor users; only staff users. The output is all centrally controlled.

Then an education officer from the museum said that the technology is convenient but that the template structure is fixed, so it can be a straitjacket.

That subdued me quite a lot.

Would anyone from the SA Museum care to comment?

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