The 3 figures on this page introduce an approach to describing, representing and interpreting people's interaction called interaction geography. Full project publication available here.

This 1st figure illustrates how a 6-year-old boy's (Blake's) seemingly erratic movement patterns in a museum gallery space are actually intentional efforts to engage and learn (e.g., the figure highlights his repeated and eventually successful efforts to lead his sister's fiancé Adhir on a pedaogical "tour" of other exhibits).


This 2nd figure illustrates methods of interaction geography that include: Mondrian Transcription, a method to map people's movement and conversation over space and time, and the Interaction Geography Slicer (IGS), a dynamic visualization tool that supports new forms of interaction and multi-modal analysis. The figure uses these methods to show how "The Bluegrass Family", a family of professional and aspiring Bluegrass musicians, is intimately and repeatedly engaged with a semi-circular set of exhibits dedicated to Hank Williams, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter (e.g., their heroes).



This 3rd figure demonstrates some of the comparative possibilities of the Interaction Geography Slicer (IGS), The figure shows the physical movement of 4 families (columns) in three gallery spaces (rows) over space and time. The Taylor Swift Family did not visit the Rotunda Gallery. All movement in each gallery space is thus shown across a floor plan of the museum.

To read more, see: Shapiro, B.R., Hall, R. and Owens, D. (2017). Developing & Using Interaction Geography in a Museum. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 12(4), 377-399.

This ongoing work is made possible by wonderful collaborations with our museum partners, many generous museum visitors and families who participated in this research, Vanderbilt University's Space, Learning & Mobility Lab and the National Science Foundation.