QR Codes in History

A commission by the Scottish government for a tapestry has raised eyebrows this week as it has been revealed that they plan to include QR Codes within the tapestry. This will enable smart phone users to scan the codes and find out more about the scenes depicted. A bold move which will undoubtedly leave many recoiling in horror, but is it really that bad?

Firstly if it gets a few young people more engaged with the topic (Scottish Diaspora) of each panel then that is better than a tapestry without QR Codes which no one understands as well. Secondly as a historical item maybe it will give a better reflection of our time than a more traditional tapestry. Smart phones and QR Codes are part of how we now interact with media and the world at large, so why shouldn’t they be included in such objects?

The proof will really be in how much the QR Codes are used. This though shouldn’t be a problem to register. Unlike most forms of information/advertising where only a rough guess at the number of views a leaflet has got can be made QR Codes allow for very clear statistics; including time spent on the page with the information.

So I guess time will tell what we should make of this move but it certainly will attract some headlines.

Jack

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