Hands on with Nodel: Decentralised and open source multimedia control for museums and galleries

Timothy Hart, Museums Victoria, Australia, Julien de-Sainte-Croix, Museum Victoria, Australia

In 2010, Museum Victoria in collaboration with Melbourne-based audio-visual integration and software development firm Lumicom, began development of a new multimedia control system. The project was open-sourced to grow a community of local and international institutions who share a passion for versatile and open platforms – avoiding the initial cost and maintenance barriers associated with proprietary solutions.

Introducing Nodel (nodel.io), an open source multimedia control platform.
• Core functionality includes, device control, monitoring, scheduling.
• Utilises Zero-configuration network technologies.
• Managed on any web browser, utilising responsive design.
• Provides a Python-based RESTful API for ease of integration with 3rd party systems.
• Publicly available recipes for a wide selection of multimedia devices.

The intention for a workshop is to demonstrate the capabilities of Nodel, and how it functions within a gallery environment. The first part of the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the platform, the open-source philosophy, and an insight into multimedia at MV.

• An introduction to Nodel’s history, from concept to mass deployment.
• The established processes, best practices, expected risks and resources required for deployment.
• An overview of Museum Victoria’s network of nodes, and their capabilities.
The second part of the workshop is a hands-on opportunity to create your own exhibit with the Nodel platform. The publicly available collection of recipes includes support for a wide variety of technologies, some of which will be available to use as part of the workshop. We will demonstrate various combinations of these recipes and devices, representing common applications in the exhibitions environment.

• An opportunity for participants to combine nodes to create a multimedia exhibit together.
• Provide guidance in devising solutions to a participants own requirements.
• Recipes for hardware – I/O, remote power, content playback, projector contr