been working with are Microsoft Tags (http://tag.microsoft.com/home.aspx ). These look better than the standard QR codes which are just black dots.
Tags are colorful and can be customized with PowerPoint. I put up one of these on my office door which takes people to my website.
I’ve decided to work on a mapping project this summer
that uses Tags. I have a number of very large maps of the Mediterranean. I also have nearly finished scanning nearly 2,000 slides from the late Prof. Guilliard. He photographed something like 26 different sites around the Mediterranean. What I will be doing this summer is taking those photos, making short videos (2-4 minutes) and uploading them to YouTube. Once I have the web address of these videos, I can convert the web
address to a Tag. I can then attach this Tag to a map and once it is scanned, the viewer will be taken to one
of the videos. I am thinking of also attaching Tags for my student video projects as well. It doesn’t have to stop there. I will have a section of my website dedicated to the Guilliard Collection and I could also create Tags to take viewers to the website to see these slides as a slideshow. I also will have a Tag that will allow viewers to leave me comments.
I’ve contacted the library here at the University to see
if I can create an exhibit for the Fall where these maps will be up in a large room or hallway and people can wander by, scan the Tags, and hear about/see these
archaeological sites. One of the librarians sounded excited about this project, so I am hoping I get the
go-ahead to show them publically.
I have also asked about putting some of these maps outside of my office
in the History Dept. hallway.