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Curating Mobile Tour Experiences

Curatescape develops accessible digital tools that empower small cultural organizations to tell richer, deeper stories through their audiences’ mobile devices. For example, Arizona State University, the Papago Saludo Association, and Scottsdale Public Television used Curatescape to develop Salt River Stories—a free, map-based mobile app that explores the history of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and the surrounding region. Curatescape emerged out of the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. The app and web platform was initially designed to illuminate stories embedded in urban landscapes. With NEH funding, Curatescape worked with museums and universities, adapting the platform to meet the needs and constraints of interior spaces, multi-site institutions, and developing nations. In addition to making it possible for more organizations to use Curatescape in more places, the projects have clarified best practices for digital humanities interpretation in these contexts.

“Over the years the NEH funding has really allowed us to think about some of the core principles behind our work. It helped us to make something that a small organization or an individual could deploy on their own that would be robust and long-lasting.”

–Mark Tebeau, Founder of Curatescape

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