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Matrix Collaborates with the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and the Campus Archaeology Program to Develop Mobile Cultural Heritage App for Michigan State Campus

17 September on Announcements  

Matrix is delighted to announce the release of the msu.seum, a free mobile application that lets you explore and experience the cultural heritage of Michigan State University in the palm of your hand. The app allows you to dive into the campus heritage and archaeology through a series of thematic exhibits. You can also visit the exhibit locations around campus and learn how they contribute to our understanding of MSU's long and vibrant cultural heritage.

The initial, prototype version of msu.seum was envisioned, designed, and developed by students in the 2011 Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool. The CHI Fieldschool is a unique and intensive learning experience in which students come together for five weeks to develop skills in digital cultural heritage methods, such as programming, web design, project management, and more. Ethan Watrall, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of Matrix, directs the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool.thumbnail_msuseum

Developed as a collaboration between the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative, the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program, and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, msu.seum allows people to interact with the rich cultural heritage of Michigan State University's campus, and understand how the MSU Campus Archaeology Program helped uncover it. Built on the idea of "campus as museum," the app connects cultural heritage directly to place, letting people explore what is known about the cultural heritage of MSU, as well as the rich and exciting story of the archaeological and historical research.

"People don't know or appreciate the cultural heritage that is literally under their feet," Watrall says. "Remnants of the first dormitory, Saint's Rest, lie underground near the MSU Museum. The Campus Archaeology Program has excavated Saint's Rest on multiple occasions, exposing how the first students on campus lived on a daily basis. By exploring these sites, we are given an interesting window into Michigan State's past that we did not have before."