Shelf 83


Jo Pugh


“Shelf 83” is a clever implementation of QR codes and Soundcloud links to make the books on shelf 83 at the Yorkshire Museum able to be read and listened to without having to move the delicate artifacts.


Judges’ Comments

Our judges complimented the brilliant integration of a well-established low-impact digital technology (QR codes) to solve a real-world problem in an elegant and efficient way. The integration with google-books and sound-cloud was highly praised as a way to make the volumes accessible to a wide array of audiences, furthermore, it was noted by our judges that whilst the QR codes would be exceptionally useful for providing museum attendees access to the books in-situ there was also the exciting potential to (as has been done in the picture) reconstruct the library for access online, or alternatively to curate the books into different arrangements in a digital space. The clarity of the paradata combined with the elegant simplicity and potential for real-world impact led our judges to present “Shelf 83” with a “Highly Commended” award for the 2015 Heritage Jam.


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