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The influence of digital media on the cultural heritage sector has been pervasive and profound. Today museums are reliant on new technology to manage their collections. They collect digital as well as material things. New media is embedded within their exhibition spaces. And their activity online is as important as their physical presence on site.

However, ‘digital heritage’ (as an area of practice and as a subject of study) does not exist in ...

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Museums in a Digital Age

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The influence of digital media on the cultural heritage sector has been pervasive and profound. Today museums are reliant on new technology to manage their collections. They collect digital as well as material things. New media is embedded within their exhibition spaces. And their activity online is as important as their physical presence on site.

However, ‘digital heritage’ (as an area of practice and as a subject of study) does not exist in one single place. Its evidence base is complex, diverse and distributed, and its content is available through multiple channels, on varied media, in myriad locations, and different genres of writing.

It is this diaspora of material and practice that this Reader is intended to address. With over forty chapters (by some fifty authors and co-authors), from around the world, spanning over twenty years of museum practice and research, this volume acts as an aggregator drawing selectively from a notoriously distributed network of content. Divided into seven parts (on information, space, access, interpretation, objects, production and futures), the book presents a series of cross-sections through the body of digital heritage literature, each revealing how a different aspect of curatorship and museum provision has been informed, shaped or challenged by computing.

Museums in a Digital Age is a provocative and inspiring guide for any student or practitioner of digital heritage.

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Museums in a Digital Age is thus a timely consideration of the role of the digital in the entire spectrum of museum activities…The…volume is…something much more attuned to the digital age which is its basis – a highly diverse, even eclectic, collection of papers broadly centred around the subject of the work.” – Historic Environment
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135666316
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/11/2013
  • Series: Leicester Readers in Museum Studies
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,122,131
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1 The Practice of Digital Heritage and the Heritage of Digital Practice Ross Parry Parry, Ross 1

Pt. 1 Information: Data, Structure and Meaning 9

Introduction to Part One Ross Parry Parry, Ross 11

2 A Brief History of Museum Computerization David Williams Williams, David 15

3 The Changing Role of Information Professionals in Museums Andrew Roberts Roberts, Andrew 22

4 What is Information in the Museum Context? Elizabeth Orna Orna, Elizabeth Charles Pettitt Pettitt, Charles 28

5 The World of (Almost) Unique Objects Robert Chenhall Chenhall, Robert David Vance Vance, David 39

6 Standards for Networked Cultural Heritage David Bearman Bearman, David 48

7 Database as Symbolic Form Lev Manovich Manovich, Lev 64

8 The Museum as Information Utility George F. MacDonald MacDonald, George F. And Stephen Alsford Alsford, Stephen 72

9 Museum Collections, Documentation and Shifting Knowledge Paradigms Fiona Cameron Cameron, Fiona 80

10 Semantic Dissonance: do we need (and do we understand) the semantic web? Ross Parry Parry, Ross Nick Poole Poole, Nick Jon Pratty Pratty, Jon 96

11 Building a Universal Digital Memory Pierre Levy Levy, Pierre 107

Pt. 2 Space: Visits, Virtuality and Distance 117

Introduction to Part Two Ross Parry Parry, Ross 119

12 On the Origins of the Virtual Museum Erkki Huhtamo Huhtamo, Erkki 121

13 From Malraux's Imaginary Museum to the Virtual Museum Antonio M. Battro Battro, Antonio M. 136

14 Virtual Spaces and Museums Andrea Bandelli Bandelli, Andrea 148

15 The Virtual Visit: towards a new concept for the electronic science centre Roland Jackson Jackson, Roland 153

16 Empowering the Remote Visitor: supporting socialmuseum experiences among local and remote visitors Areti Galani Galani, Areti Matthew Chalmers Chalmers, Matthew 159

17 Museums Outside Walls: mobile phones and the museum in the everyday Konstantinos Arvanitis Arvanitis, Konstantinos 170

Pt. 3 Access: Ability, Usability and Connectivity 177

Introduction to Part Three Ross Parry Parry, Ross 179

18 Access to Digital Heritage in Africa: bridging the digital divide Lorna Abungu Abungu, Lorna 181

19 My Dream of an Accessible Web Culture for Disabled People Kevin Carey Carey, Kevin 186

20 My Dream of an Accessible Web Culture for Disabled People: a re-evaluation Kevin Carey Carey, Kevin 189

21 Implementing a Holistic Approach to E-Learning Accessibility Brian Kelly Kelly, Brian Lawrie Phipps Phipps, Lawrie Caro Howell Howell, Caro 193

22 Usability Evaluation for Museum Websites Daniel Cunliffe Cunliffe, Daniel Efmorphia Kritou Kritou, Efmorphia Douglas Tudhope Tudhope, Douglas 204

23 Culture as a Driver of Innovation Ranjit Makkuni Makkuni, Ranjit 220

Pt. 4 Interpretation: Communication, Interactivity and Learning 225

Introduction to Part Four Ross Parry Parry, Ross 227

24 The Web and the Unassailable Voice Peter Walsh Walsh, Peter 229

25 When the Object is Digital: properties of digital surrogate objects and implications for learning Olivia C. Frost Frost, Olivia C. 237

26 Learning by Doing and Learning Through Play: an exploration of interactivity in virtual environments for children Maria Roussou Roussou, Maria 247

27 Interactivity and Collaboration: new forms of participation in museums, galleries and science centres Christian Heath Heath, Christian Dirk Vom Lehn Vom Lehn, Dirk 266

28 Visitors' Use of Computer Exhibits: findings from five gruelling years of watching visitors getting it wrong Ben Gammon Gammon, Ben 281

Pt. 5 Object: Authenticity, Authority and Trust 291

Introduction to Part Five Ross Parry Parry, Ross 293

29 Museums and Virtuality Klaus Muller Muller, Klaus 295

30 When All You've Got is 'The Real Thing': museums and authenticity in the networked world Jennifer Trant Trant, Jennifer 306

31 Authenticity and Integrity in the Digital Environment: an exploratory analysis of the central role of trust Clifford Lynch Lynch, Clifford 314

32 Why Museums Matter Marc Pachter Pachter, Marc 332

33 Defining the Problem of Our Vanishing Memory: background, current status, models for resolution Peter Lyman Lyman, Peter Howard Besser Besser, Howard 336

34 Curating New Media Matthew Gansallo Gansallo, Matthew 344

Pt. 6 Delivery: Production, Evaluation and Sustainability 351

Introduction to Part Six Ross Parry Parry, Ross 353

35 Managing New Technology Projects in Museums and Galleries Matthew Stiff Stiff, Matthew 355

36 Rationale for Digitization and Preservation Paul Conway Conway, Paul 365

37 'Speaking for Themselves': new media and 'Making the Modern World' Frank Colson Colson, Frank Jean Colson Colson, Jean 379

38 The Evaluation of Museum Multim edia Applications: lessons from research Maria Economou Economou, Maria 391

39 A Survey on Digital Cultural Heritage Initiatives and Their Sustainability Concerns Diane M. Zorich Zorich, Diane M. 406

Pt. 7 Futures: Priorities, Approaches and Aspirations 417

Introduction to Part Seven Ross Parry Parry, Ross 419

40 Making the Total Museum Possible Tomislav Sola Sola, Tomislav 421

41 Museums in the Information Era: cultural connectors of time and space Manuel Castells Castells, Manuel 427

42 The Shape of Things to Come: museums in the technological landscape Simon J. Knell Knell, Simon J. 435

43 Digital Heritage and the Rise of Theory in Museum Computing Ross Parry Parry, Ross 454

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