I’m currently working on Post 2 on the vacant lot on Main Street. I’m doing some stuff on Google Earth for it, so get ready, and expect it in the next few days.
In the meantime, I stumbled upon this article today on the MSN front page, and given the title “Interactive tombstones give the dead new life online” I just HAD to click on it. So here is the link so you can read it as well: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/interactive-tombstones-give-dead-new-life-online-980536.
What are your thoughts? Do you see this technology catching on? Would you use a QR code in this setting?
This is not the first article I’ve seen on integrating QR codes into cemeteries, nor is it the first time I’m discussing this topic (although it is in this format). When I do think about this topic there are numerous thoughts that run through my mind. I can see the benefit of QR codes in active cemeteries with the recently deceased, provide the technological link to those who knew them.
What about in historical cemeteries where the people have been gone for much longer? There are possibilities: A Facebook Page (not a profile as it is technically against Facebook rules) that provides further information about a person. I can see how it would work well for some of the more well known deceased or for those who left behind an extensive record with photographs or diaries that are accessible. Another is stops on a walking tour for a larger cemetery.
QR codes do pose problems though. First, is that not everyone has access to a QR reader, so automatically the audience is limited. Second, is network coverage. There are places where this technology just won’t work. Third, and most importantly, is are there going to be enough of an audience to make the time and cost of creating (and maintaining) the virtual piece worth investing? Museums confront these issues already with mixed results, and those are sometimes places with dedicated staff to work on this technology and similar initiatives.
I would love to have a dialogue on this, so what do you think?