South Australian Museum enters new high-tech era with GigCity Adelaide

22 February 2018

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The South Australian Museum has been chosen as part of the newly approved North Terrace Cultural Precinct Innovations Hub. The hub will enable never-before-seen technological capabilities within South Australia’s most iconic cultural institutions.

As the lead partner in the project, the South Australian Museum will join together with the South Australian Museum Foundation, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the History Trust of South Australia and the State Library of South Australia to create the inaugural North Terrace Cultural Precinct Innovations Hub.

The new technology will enable future collaboration that has not previously been possible due to infrastructure barriers, and lack of high-speed internet connection. The initiative will also create opportunities for future growth, bringing enhanced network capabilities to individuals and businesses within the collaboration space.

The GigCity Adelaide ultrafast internet network was first switched on in August 2017, and has been designed to connect businesses within Adelaide’s innovation precincts with extremely fast broadband speeds of up to 100x the national average.

In conjunction with the institutions participating in North Terrace Cultural Precinct Innovations Hub, GigCity Adelaide will enable the South Australian Museum to deliver enhanced education, cultural and learning experiences to its varied digital audiences. 

It will also create valuable engagement opportunities through groundbreaking new technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). 

“The South Australian Museum is thrilled to be at the forefront as the state enters a new technological era, bringing innovative South Australian products and technologies to the global stage,” said Mr Brian Oldman, Director of the South Australian Museum. 

“The increased bandwith unleashes exponential possibilities for the Museum’s world-leading research, which is conducted in collaboration with national and international colleagues and institutes, NGOs and industry,” Mr Oldman added. 

The South Australian Museum engages over 1,000,000 local, interstate and international visitors per year via exhibitions, interactive programs and digital engagement activities (including apps, websites and social media). 

Enhanced technological capabilities will further enrich the Museum’s engagement with Australian Aboriginal communities via internet-based mechanisms, which digitise Aboriginal cultural material held within remote Aboriginal communities and within the Museum’s cultural collections. This facilitates access, research and engagement via interactive programs.