The new section, which is yet to be named, will sit within the Science Museum’s main website and replace ‘four or five’ microsites says Cogapp.
The appointment, which is worth £136,000, follows a pitch process and will see ‘all information linked in one stand alone website in an imaginative and interesting way,’ according to Cogapp senior producer Gavin Mallory, who adds, ‘We’re making meaningful connections between content and multiple existing sources.’
Using linked open data and ‘semantic web technology’ Mallory says Cogapp will provide the means for users to navigate by theme.
‘It will be a one stop shop for the history of science information and can tell you stuff you didn’t know by pointing to content around the theme,’ says Mallory.
The Science Museum says, ‘This forward looking project will focus on technical and user experience innovation and have a strong experimental element. At its heart the project aims to exploit the museum’s content and deliver as much of it that is useful, appropriate and of the highest quality to as many users as possible.’
Cogapp expects the work to be live in 2013.