The Musetech name is a combination of two words: “Museum” and “Technology”. Both of these two concepts play a crucial role in reaching DICHE project main aims and goals. The idea of the app was to introduce the social dimension into the DICHE project, involving final users in order to reach a wider audience through the use of major social networks, creating a network of researches, teachers, students and general final users interested into DICHE individuated tools and practices.
Like other famous Web app and services in the Internet, the MuseTech Web app allows users to vote through a five-star rating system any of the tools and practices collected inside the DICHE menu. Furthermore, it boosts communication between users allowing them to share a tool or a practice that they found of particular interest on their preferred social network.
Musetech Web App does not require any registration to browse tools or practices and it allows to conduct an advanced search through the whole catalogue thanks to filters and categories as in the DICHE menu. Nevertheless, it requires a social account (Facebook, Twitter or Google) in order to access to the social sharing, commenting and voting functionalities. To enhance the collaboration dimension, we developed the Musetech App like a social place where is possible to share thoughts, question, ideas and solutions into the dedicated comment section present at the end of each tool or practice. Furthermore, the Musetech App allows users to “follow” a thread of comments for a specific tool or practices, receiving a notification by email once new comments are added for that particular tool or practice.
WHY A WEB APP?
For the DICHE project we decided to develop a web app application since it is not developed specifically only for one particular mobile device and it does not require any direct installation onto the device itself. It is basically an internet-enabled app that is accessible via the mobile device’s Web browser and which does not need to be downloaded onto the user’s mobile device in order to be accessed