Communicating museum collections information online: Analysis of the philosophy of communication extending the constructivist approach

Gil-Fuentetaja, I. and Economou, M. (2019) Communicating museum collections information online: Analysis of the philosophy of communication extending the constructivist approach. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 12(1), 3. (doi: 10.1145/3283253)

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Cultural heritage institutions are spending considerable effort and resources in order to provide online access to their collection catalogues and collection management systems, usually through their institutional websites. This improves accessibility and supports research and engagement by diverse user groups, as well as meeting the increasing expectation by audiences that this type of information will be freely and easily available online. However, cultural organisations have not responded to these needs in the same way and have been employing different web tools and features to present their collections online. This technological implementation as well as the type of content provided reflects also the philosophy of communication of the institution itself. The paper describes the research carried out studying the provision of collections information online by different types of museums. The research, whose first phase started initially in 2007, involved studying a large number of museum collection catalogues on the web and comparing them with those in 2017 in order to establish categories of presentation types and analyse their corresponding philosophy of communication, as well as compare the changes over time.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The early stage of the research was performed within the wider research network CHIRON: Cultural Heritage Informatics Research Oriented Network, 2004-2008, which was funded by the European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme under contract number MEST-CT-2004-514539 and a matching funds grant from the Greek General Directorate of Research and Technology, 2008-2009.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Economou, Professor Maria
Authors: Gil-Fuentetaja, I., and Economou, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
Journal Name:Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage
Journal Abbr.:JOCCH
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
ISSN (Online):1556-4673
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery
First Published:First published in Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage 12(1): 3
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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