MyRun: balancing design for reflection, recounting and openness in a museum-based participatory platform

Rachel Clarke, John Vines, Peter Wright, Tom Bartindale, John Shearer, John McCarthy, Patrick Olivier

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Cultural organisations are increasingly looking towards using digital technologies to supplement, augment and extend visitors' experiences of exhibits and museums. In this paper, we describe the design and evaluation of MyRun, a 'participatory platform' for a museum. Our goal with MyRun was to use experience-centered design principles of reflecting, recounting and openness as a basis for engaging visitors in sharing stories about experiences related to a nationally significant cultural event. We undertook a qualitative evaluation of the system based upon observations of its use, the contributions visitors made to the platform, and interviews with 10 visitors. We discuss how visitors approached MyRun, contributed and browsed stories, and the challenges associated with the expectations visitors and curators placed on cultural exhibits. We close by identifying a series of design opportunities for future participatory platforms in museum settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015 - Proceedings of the British HCI Conference 2015
Subtitle of host publicationJuly 13-17, 2015 Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK
EditorsShaun Lawson, Patrick Dickinson, Patrick Olivier, Derek Foster, Conor Linehan, Ben Kirman, Dan O’Hara, Sue Jamison-Powell, Obinna Ajuruchi, Duncan Rowland, Abigail Durrant, Rachel Clarke
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventBritish Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2015 - Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


ConferenceBritish Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2015
Abbreviated titleHCI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Curation
  • Experience-centered design
  • Museums
  • Openness
  • Participatory platforms

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