Build a Virtual Museum and Library for videos, sound, images and documents

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $500
  • Entries Received: 5
  • Winner: S0niya

Contest Brief

Our group, Voices of Music, is a Music Ensemble that films our concerts. We want to put all of these video clips, which are now all available on YouTube and Vimeo, into a virtual museum and library. We are looking for someone who can build a brilliant and creative online browsing library, using open source (Blender or equivalent). Something like Panda3D, or even Quake, with its halls, rooms, wings, textures and so on, would be easily adaptable for this project.
Scope: this contest is for a working model. The winner of the contest will be invited to bid on the final design which will be a large scale, large budget, ongoing project which may take years to complete. There are no guaranties for the final project. You should provide a basic structure and plan, with several rooms working with videos and supplementary materials. Integrating 30-60 videos (YouTube links) is enough for the model, but you may use as much material as you wish.
Copyright and Intellectual Property: the concepts, ideas and materials for this project are Copyright by Voices of Music, Inc. We are paying for the design, and we will own all relevant rights. You may not reuse our concepts, materials and designs for other projects.
Open source: the materials must be open source. Blender is open source, so use Blender or equivalent.
Delivery: it should run on either Windows or Android.
This museum should have these key features. You should be able to walk around and play videos on screens on walls, look at images, paintings & texts by touching them or using a navigation screen. There should be a map that shows you where you are and where you can go. Basically, the structure should be like a video game, but instead of playing a game, you are visiting a museum.
Unique features: the design should be modular, so we can add on to it. The design should be foldable in 3D (think, transformers) so the person can reconfigure the layout or design in simple ways. It should be searchable, so you can find things.
Content: here you will find our 300 videos
[url removed, login to view]
Each video has a detailed description.
On the walls of the library, arrange the videos (linked through YouTube) and put the text description nearby as a clickable item. Feel free to add images from relevant Wikipedia articles to add color & texture.
Basic architecture: this is a user re-configurable design, but the basic starting point should look like an art museum. The design is up to you, but one easy way to start is to think of five floors, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Modern.
On these floors, there should be halls, rooms and wings. You could have a wing that is a cultural region, like Italy, France or Germany, and halls or rooms that are more granular, like music of Bach, Corelli, Handel, Mozart, &c.
Each wing ideally should have a different look. There should be a wing for "Special Exhibits", just like an art museum: you can put anything you like in here, for example "Baroque Concertos."
The museum is free, (free ticket upon entry, with suggested donation) but one should ideally be able to donate via PayPal, or buy a ticket for Special Exhibits: these can be placeholders for now.
Carefully review the copyright status of materials that you use. You can also look through our website, [url removed, login to view], but the material on our YouTube channel is the basic content of the museum.
Finding supplementary materials: enhance the walls with architecture from older buildings and art that is in the public domain. Use Wikipedia.
Secondary game structure: an interesting twist would be to have a hidden game structure within the Museum, for example locating a mysterious creature that walks the halls at night, or charmed items that look like objects in the museum. It could be a puzzle, like Myst. Players could build additions to the museum. However, the basic museum or library is the main goal of this competition.

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Public Clarification Board

  • wezu2000
    wezu2000
    • 1 month ago

    Congratulations to the winner! Any chances for runner-up awards? Maybe some project that had a menu, map, search options, possibility of user edited layout? Maybe one that actually was open sourced? ;)

    • 1 month ago
  • Syntopicon
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Hi everyone, we are reviewing all the projects. If your projects needs a key or password to open the file, please pm us.

    • 1 month ago
  • Pems33
    Pems33
    • 1 month ago

    I'm still working on my entry, but I'm not sure if I will have it ready until the contest ends. I'm still gonna try to get it ready, but I would like to ask for #extended, even if just a day.

    • 1 month ago
  • theodornacev
    theodornacev
    • 1 month ago

    humm I just came by, it sounds interesting at first glance, very interesting, I will see what can be done. I'm not sure about the blender, currently I can imagine it being done in any engine and although blender is great it will need greater amount of work and skills, at least that's my perception.

    • 1 month ago
  • mdigitally
    mdigitally
    • 1 month ago

    is this just a 3d modelling design ? and can I use 3D max rather than blender?

    • 1 month ago
    1. Syntopicon
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      The larger, final project will have to be open source, but this model can be any format, although we would prefer open source.

      • 1 month ago
  • wezu2000
    wezu2000
    • 1 month ago

    Should this run in a browser or can it be standalone?

    • 1 month ago
    1. Syntopicon
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi--either is fine, as long as we can run it on a device to show people.

      • 1 month ago

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