14.01.2020 | XPLICIT
Everything about information retrieval via downloadable QR and number codes
Here we show you how to use XiBIT labels for object or exhibition marking. If you would like to grant your visitors direct access to information on certain objects, you can use the XiBIT labels available for download.
There are two versions:
The QR code scanner integrated in the XiBIT app makes it easy to scan a label placed next to the object. This also works with a conventional QR scanner app, but the object page then opens in the browser.
- Number Code
A combination of numbers is often used in a museum or gallery. The code can be typed into the numpad of the XiBIT app to call up an object.
Tip: You can assign your internal catalog number to an object (Article ID).
Call up an object page in the admin area:
Click on "download label" - If you have not yet assigned the object to an infoguide, you will be informed of this in the dialog. The assignment to an infoguide is important so that you can also access the neighboring objects. Make sure that your object has at least the status "visible" so that it can be called up via the label.
Mark individual objects vs.
a central code for the entire exhibition?
If you want to download labels for all objects in an infoguide, you can also do this from the infoguide page. You can find the process in the same place as described above, but only on the infoguide page. In this dialog you will be asked to choose whether you want to download individual labels for all objects in the infoguide or just one for the entire infoguide (QR). Here you should consider whether you want to mark individual objects on site or e.g. only the entrance area of an exhibition/room. The difference results from the individual requirement such as e.g. station paths (individual object marking) or a small museum (QR code for the infoguide is centrally accessible at the beginning of the exhibition). Think about what makes sense in your case. It can often be a combination of both.
- In showrooms like in the museum or in the gallery:
Regardless of whether you are thinking of a specific signage for object marking or you would like to create label stickers, simply integrate the downloaded label file.
- On labels:
Implement the label file in a graphic layout of your label to publish the story about your object.
We hope you enjoy creating your info guide!
Your XiBIT team!
21.11.2019 | XPLICIT
An instruction in 5 steps
Going with children into a museum is usually a challenge for parents and offsprings: do not run, do not attack, be quiet. How you spice up the museum visit for children, you will learn in this blog post.
Planlessness coupled with missing requirements lead to absolute chaos in everyday life with children, that's what we already know from home: If there is nothing concrete to do, children usually do a lot of things that make their parents run wild. So a supposedly comfortable afternoon at home can be a big dilemma. A principle that continues outside of the own four walls: Children need a sensible activity. It’s best to keep children well informed about what's being done, then they feel more secure and automatically behave less noticeably. A fact that can be exploited in the museum. The basic idea is to offer with XiBIT a separate, parallel children's infoguide. Something that guides them through the museum, which can be understood, experienced and nurtures the needs of children. And that's easy.
OK, so step 1 is: You may already create or may already have a character (mascot) to communicate with the children.
Here we just want to call it "Xandi". With a few graphic skills Xandi sees the light of day and takes his position as a children's museum guide. (Oh, they are growing so fast ...)
Step 2 follows by preparing the main themes of the museum for children. This can be imagined as follows: The ten main themes are rewritten in children's stories and then produced as a child-friendly audio play (of cours with exciting background noise).
Step 3 involves the creation of a child-friendly flyer, which is issued to children in the entrance area and contains questions or tasks about each audio play. Xandi sends his little visitors, so to speak, on a scavenger hunt. Finally, a drawing shall be made and who returns the flyer at the exit, may get a surprise (key chain, mascot stuffed toy, merchandising stuff etc. ...) or takes part in a competition.
At step 4 these ten children's objects will be created at XiBIT and the downloadable QR labels will be implemented on ten markers designed for children. The markers should not be placed too high in the museum, so that even the smaller children can still reach them well. Also conceivable would be ground markings and hints in any form.
Step 5: Loan devices (simply prepared tablets with the XiBIT app and colored headphones) must be provided. This prevents collisions, as we usually knows from experience stations in the museum.
If the institution has its own children's areas, where the children can listen to the stories or can end up creatively, adults can enjoy a nice visit and quiet finish and everyone could learn something and is satisfied, not least the marketing department and the museum itself ;-)
07.11.2019 | PORTRAIT
With the embed code you can now make your infoguide available via your own website.
A the age of increasing digitization, exhibition visits or cultural tourism are no longer tied exclusively to a physical stay on site, but can be expanded with XiBIT regardless of time and place. For exhibitors, museums and tourism providers there are now new ways of communication and communication channels that contribute to digital visibility and a greater dispersion.
61 % of travelers gather comprehensive travel information about their destination before traveling. Visitors can use digital offers to plan and prepare their cultural tourism visit to a museum or theme trail or similar better in advance. The aim of the cultural institution should therefore be to optimize the digital presence.
As you make your bed, you lie on it. So embed!
Maybe you've already noticed: In the XiBIT admin area, a new useful feature has been added, which allows you to embed your infoguide created at XiBIT on other websites via HTML. So your Infoguide is now not only on the XiBIT web platform and the app, but also on your own homepage. Condition for this is the object and infoguide status "web", which means that the publication of your contents on the web is allowed. Actually these are currently the access options for object or exhibition-related information:
Access via XiBIT labels - either at exhibitions on site or on printed material (such as marketing material) - depending on the requirements - allows visitors to get information for example by scanning the downloadable QR code. Concerning marketing, with the inclusion of a QR code on for example brochures there are new ways to bring content to the public and make paper more alive. By accessing through the search function, the desired information can also be found from home or on road without a specific object or room marking. Likewise when accessing via the preview link of an infoguide: Embedded in every conceivable website that makes sense for your requirements, it ensures a broader spread of your content. Views can be measured via the XiBIT statistic tool.
10.10.2019 | XPLICIT
XiBIT makes it easy to create a digital infoguide for your exhibition via the web - what to keep in mind:
1) PUBLISH YOUR PROFILE PAGE
Under "My Account" (top right, if you are logged in), you can upload profile and background pictures, description text and videos to you or your institution. Only if you set the status to "visible" your profile page will appear on XiBIT:
2) CREATE & DESIGN OBJECTS
In the object overview, you create objects that you can describe multilingual with various media if required. Note: In museums, objects are more of an inventory of an exhibition, in tourism institutionsfor example points of interest.
3) CREATE YOUR INFOGUIDES
An infoguide is the summary of individual objects that are related locally and/or thematically. Describe your Infoguide also multilingual and assign objects already created to the Infoguide.
4) CAUTION: VISIBILITY STATUS
In the top right corner of object and infoguide detail pages you can determine the respective status: Invisible, Visible (only available via label) & Web (content is also available on the web, infoguides are published on your profile page):
5) RECALL INFOGUIDE VIA WEB/LABELS
If you have published your infoguide on the web or downloaded a downloadable XiBIT label and implemented it in rooms/print media, your infoguide is available. Also mark individual objects using templates!
If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us personally, just write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us on +43 (0) 5 08010.
Have fun creating your infoguide,
17.07.2019 | XPLICIT
What visitors awaits inside a museum is shown via the "Miniguide", which is placed outside and contains an excerpt from the main infoguide.
Many museums have constant opening hours, not every house opens 7 days a week. Smaller museums often rely on volunteers, so they are unflexible for time or monetary reasons.
Show presence anyway.
The XiBIT miniguide allows visitors to get a foretaste of the museum - whether during or outside of the opening hours - and provides museum operators more flexibility concerning information transport and personnel. It can also be used to convey valuable information about the museum. Thus, visitors do not stand in front of closed doors and can console themselves with experiencing at least some of the objects from inside the museum.
Not too revealing, but a few insights may be provided...
Many museum operators want their content to be reserved for visitors. The reasons for this are clear: People shall be moved into the museum as an experience, the museum wants to be noticed as a competence center. Therefore, the visibility status of an XiBIT-Infoguide in the museum is generally "visible" and not "visible and XiBIT-search", which allows the exclusive retrieval of the Infoguide on site. Via the outdoor miniguide, however, the visibility status "Visible and XiBIT search" should be set, so the miniguide can also be accessed via the XiBIT search and also appears on the profile page of the exhibitor and in the map, which offers an overview of the content in the region. A sign with the QR code of the miniguide near the entrance indicates that content can be accessed. With the sharing function, content via Facebook & Co can reach even more people. Another good way to do public relations.
Object-related information can be transported very easily with XiBIT, whether they are intended for a specific audience or intended for the public. Feel encouraged not to sting your content because people want to explore their surroundings. In the age of Internet, people like to inform themselves about the expected experience even before a visit of a museum, and with the miniguide, they are even more motivated to make a personal visit.
A miniguide can also be used on its own, so it does not require the presence of an infoguide in the museum. It is quickly created - especially if there is already some content of the museum - and helps to increase the visibility, both online and offline.
15.07.2019 | PORTRAIT
Experience now the history of the castle ruin Scharnstein via Infoguide
Now they can and tell of long gone days, when the ruin was still the center of rule Scharnstein. Only very few excursionists know when they climb the ruin, what took place here centuries ago, which noble families settled here and what led to the castle becoming the abandoned ruin that it is today. The popular excursion destination is often visited by many people from near and far as a manageable route, not least because of the breathtaking views and the historic atmosphere that the ruin offers and thus attracts not only medieval fans.
Image: Having fun after a little history lesson and enjoying the medieval ambience - a perfect Sunday excursion!
Scharnstein and the tourist region Traunsee-Almtal take with the Infoguide for the ruin Scharnstein again another step towards interactive visitor information. If you pack your bag for the day trip in the future, you should consider - even if you're just looking for the outdoor experience - to pack your earplugs to listen to the story behind the ruin on your own smartphone after you've had enough energy before you leave the venue again downwards valley. This stimulates the imagination and thus brings the old walls to life. Otto Clemens, who already lends his voice to the Museum Geyerhammer in Scharnstein, tells about the architecture and about former owners until the castle was abandoned. There is also a legend about the Wagner chapel at the foot of the ruin, that you can listen to via Infoguide. The audio announcements were made with sounds such as wind, which increases the tension and sounds authentic.
„Otto Clemens, who is already lending his voice to the Geyerhammer Museum in Scharnstein, tells the story of the ruin's earlier owners until the castle was demolished. There is also a legend about the Wagner chapel at the foot of the castle ruin you can listen to with XiBIT. The audio announcements were made with sounds such as wind, which increases the tension and sounds authentic.“ Christian Steinhäusler, Chairman Local Committee Scharnstein - Tourist Board Traunsee-Almtal)
After visitors have downloaded the free app, they can access the Infoguide using the QR code located on the two panels at the parking lot in the valley and at the top of the ruin. Furthermore it is possible to find the Infoguide via the search function in the app or on the website www.xibit.info. The community Scharnstein also embedded the infoguide on the community homepage with the code which can be generated automatically in the backend, so that it can also be accessed from here. Since the status was granted "public", the Infoguide can and may also be shared on social media bravely ;-)
08.04.2019 | PORTRAIT
The famous and popular TV voice known from various documentaries and cultural formats breathes new life into the museum in Scharnstein.
The Geyerhammer in Scharnstein, a centuries-old institution and historic place in the region Traunsee-Almtal, where the European scythe generation had its peak, is a popular museum in the Salzkammergut and yet abandoned workplace, whose contemporary witnesses care for the tradition of the former events in last generation. Therefore they are confronted with the finite nature of the flow of information and the revival of the cultural site. Members of the “Kultur- und Heimatverein Scharnstein-Viechtwang” regularly open the doors of the Geyerhammer to grant visitors access to the original venue of the largest scythe production facility in Europe, and take turns with the museum tours. So there is always someone who is familiar and gives information with joy that he or she knows either from his own experience or from traditions. However, this also means relying on the availability of certain people, which in the end is not a flexible solution.
„There is a huge interest in preserving and maintaining history, but it can not be assumed that it will be equally present in subsequent generations." Ilse Schachinger, head of the Kultur- und Heimatverein Scharnstein-Viechtwang.
The amalgamation of the tourism associations in Upper Austria and therefore also in the Almtal was not least the impetus to tackle idle projects, thus taking a step in a new direction and using digital potentials.
„If we succeed in communicating our history without gaps, even if no one of “us old people" is around, then that is certainly an advantage!" Joe Mittermaier, Tourism Association Traunsee-Almtal.
XiBIT was chosen because the web-based and functional software met exactly the requirements for a flexible guide solution. The text signs in the museum served as a model for the audio announcements. From these, the most important topics were identified and created as objects and combined into an Infoguide. The audio announcements are partly deposited with background noise, so you feel transported back centuries.
Here you can see audio engineer Robin Gillard (left) and Otto Clemens (right) in the recording studio.
„Die creation of the content is generally the more complex part, but capturing it in the system and configuring the Infoguide is easy." Sandra Daxinger, Project Manager at XiBIT
Visitors can download the free XiBIT app to their smartphone and use it to scan the centrally placed QR code in the museum to gain access to all objects. For those who want to hear the contributions available in the app, the museum offers headphones and loaner devices. In order to gain an impression of the inside of the museum from the outside, a second digital Infoguide was created, which contains only an excerpt from the main Infoguide and is accessible from the outside of the museum. This slimmed down version should whet your appetite for more and animate to visit. In order to make destinations more attractive, places must come alive, even if they are only limited usable like outside the opening hours.
„Otto Clemens' legendary voice automatically raises the level of content mediation to a very high level. Together with the intuitive operation of the Infoguide, it is now a well-round thing." Stefan Schimpl, Deputy Managing Director of the Tourism Association Traunsee-Almtal
The project Geyerhammer serves as a model example in the tourism region Traunsee-Almtal and is intended to encourage further museums to provide their content via Infoguide as well.
25.05.2018 | PORTRAIT
As such, the internationally active visual artist has already traveled to Shanghai, Paris, Jakarta, Tokyo, Marseille and, last month, honored Linz with her exhibition "the beauty of the lingering time".
On the 20th of April in 2018 the 10-day vernissage of the native Saarbrücken artist Nica Junker ended at the "Splace", the gallery of the Art University of Linz. "The beauty of the lingering time" is the title of the exhibition, which illustrates the development process of Nicas PhD work on the topic "for a development of an artistic method of the participative photography for de- and reconstruction of social models for further discussion, visually documented as work in progress. An important and central theme of her work is "spacelessness". Shortly before dismantling I visited the very sympathetic and cordial artist.
For those interested in art, what is shown turns out to be impressive, chronologically photographically documented series of photos of experiences and impressions in which the interplay between the lack of time and space plays the main role. The exhibition deals with the themes of memory and time. Nica visualized a subjective sense of time that resembled a train ride: You sit in the compartment and drive backwards. By looking out of the window, the images of the outside world rush past and mix with the images of the interior. Outside and inside look like a double exposure of a film in the camera. By double exposing sea and snow landscape photographs with industrial areas, Nica was able to create an awesome impression of being out of time. Charmingly written texts accompany the photographs and describe the development processes. The heart of the exhibition, however, is the video installation of the theme in moving image presented with three flatscreens and the projection of the film onto the windows of the Splace, which at night produces remarkable impressions in the outdoor area.
„The relationship of time, space, death, birth and love fascinates me. I explore their limits by dealing with topics such as memory, future, desires, dreams, parallel universes, time shifts and so on“ (Nica Junker, visual artist)
Born in 1975 in St. Ingbert in Saarland, Germany, the film director studied philosophy and comparative literature in Leipzig and at the Sorbonne in Paris. Between 1999 and 2005, she studied directing at the HFF "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg before earning her Postgraduate Certificate in Photography at the Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London in 2008. This was followed by some documentary and other films, stays and lectures abroad, such as Japan, France etc. and notable prizes. Since 2014 Nica works on her Ph.D in artistic research at the Art University Linz. The video for "The beauty of the lingering time" can currently also be found in the current issue of the Splace Magazin - the digital magazine of the Kunstuniversität Linz.
23.02.2018 | PORTRAIT
The exhibition about the mining site in the Wolfsegger Hausruckviertel has become digital and opens up to its visitors regardless of place and time.
In the showroom of the “Berknappenkapelle Kohlgrube” in Wolfsegg/Hausruck for years any legacy of the formative coal era was lovingly assembled by the members of the association and committed hobbyists to make it accessible to the public. The result is an impressive collection of relicts that seamlessly covers the period from the first coal deposits in the 18th century to the factory closure of the “Wolfsegg-Traunthaler Kohlenwerks AG” - the legendary coal mining company founded by Alois Miesbach, Rothschild and Count Julien-Wallsee in 1856. Since, according to the Bohemian model, the music of the mining traditions was part of it from the very beginning, it is important to the musicians to not let this special guild become extinct.
„Our historic village was created just because of coal mining right at this spot. Our ancestors were miners. To keep in mind who we are and where we come from, we want the history of “Kohlgrube” not to be forgotten.“ (Manfred Ecker, Tuba)
The miner band was founded in 1852 by Bohemian miners, who were called into the country by the Wolfsegg reign. It was only a small number of 16 men who turned together to a brass band to play for the newly settled miners of the colony Kohlgrube. Today, the musical association is a cultural bearer in the community of Wolfsegg am Hausruck, which holds on to traditions, cultivates customs and passes on the values to the youth.
In 2006, WTK's operating facilities, which are now used as industrial monuments and venues, were displayed by the Provincial Exhibition of Upper Austria under the motto "Coal and Steam". “This has revived the topic of mining in Wolfsegg and we were able to reach many people.” rejoiced the association members.
„To keep people informed about our history regardless of time and place, we've created a digital infoguide on XiBIT. Since the topic of opening hours is problematic, as is the case with many associations whose members volunteer, the need to find an alternative way of presenting the contents of our showroom to the public is pressing.“ (Adalbert Valenta, 80 Jahre, Zeitzeuge und Schauraumführer)
Adalbert Valenta has witnessed the mining itself, can remember everything as if it had been yesterday, and does mainly the guidance in the showroom on site. Authenticly, in dialect and miner's language, he revives the former times and even gets laypersons into the topic. It was therefore very natural to keep his stories for posterity and to produce infoguide announcements not with a neutral speaker but with himself. "That makes the whole thing really authentic." the proud musicians agree.
The infoguide can be used by visitors on site as an information source on their own smartphone during the exhibition, but also by interested people at home in front of the computer. With the sharing function, it can be shared through social media, reaching many people. For the time being, the guide is unfortunately only in German, an English version will follow.
Good Luck! (“Glück Auf”, miner’s greeting)
17.11.2017 | PORTRAIT
Format, Not Uniformity
The labeling of a loose fit for Jeans did not act as a model for the design and screenprint-label of St. Georgen by the same name. Nevertheless, the founder, Michael Schumer, is considering that there is a connection in the informality and the will not to bind oneself to limitations of strict patterns. Fittingly, there is an intention to re-invent oneself. Since the agency’s founding in 2010, a collective of like-minded friends has developed from what had intentionally been a T-shirt label. Raffaela Schumer (formerly Malz) joined in 2012 and the creative duo started to handle commissioned artwork under the monicker of ANTI-FORM.
Raffaela is a stylist with heart and soul and also the operator of Vöcklabruck’s hairdressing salon "Salon Frida". There, not only old braids are cut off: the concept of a hairdressing salon and a sales outlet for art and products from ANTI-FORM manifests the crossover and networking aspect.
„We love to marry the analogue handcraft with digital styles. That’s the way to create a certain tension and to add character to our art.“ (Michael Schumer, artist and owner of ANTI-FORM)
Over the years, the team has developed a distinct style which you can trace on skateboards, shirts and packagings. Manipulating the analogue handcrafted screenprints via digital processing, there’s a certain tension and the feel of subversiveness with each artwork. „Maybe that’s the result of trial and error. We have experimented a lot and still do“, assumes Michael Schumer.
Regarding experiments, both artists complement each other perfectly. Their artistic adventures lead up to results which display a certain twist in most of all cases. How this spin is coming about depends mainly on the material or medium used. In other words, they are going against the grain. Raffaela and Michael’s way encompasses detailled and figurative stuff as well as intentionally primitive or naive approaches. To dedicate oneself to experimentation it doesn’t need circumstances of chaos, but rather a highly organised timeframe which allows them to cherrish the freedom of expression.
„We sometimes even work in a very autodidactive way and combine whatever we can get a grip on, like paper caollages, groceries, oil crayon, acrylic paint, linocut and beyond. By doing this, various structures come to the fore which again provide basic material for graphics, print or textile design.“ (Raffaela Schumer, co-owner of ANTI-FORM)
Next to artists of the (early) 20th century, like Hundertwasser, Andy Warhol, Frida + Diego, David Bowie, Pattie Smith, Picasso or Kandinsky, Raffaela feels informed by brave contemporary artists, which in the age of Instagram churn out whatever they can in order to share and connect. Standing still is no future option for the people running ANTI-FORM. In 2017 the intensified engagement in moving pictures is already on the agenda. „We do know professionals who can deliver film and animated pictures, but in order to develop skills and a unique style, I think that it is necessary to dive into the matter and experiment,“ says Michael Schumer – and at the end of the day, you’ll have another pair of jeans.