Getting to the Stuff: Digital Cultural Heritage Collections, Absence, and Memory

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MITH, Digital Dialog Talk, November 27, 2012

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2. Where are the collections? 3. Collections are useless unless theyare used. 4. History Museums are not Art Museums 5. Google Art Project 6. Walters, Browsing 7. The History Museum Web Examined, 2004(PDF): 2004 Survey Summary: 2011 Survey: 8. Lewis and Clark Bicentennial 9. Raid on Deerfield, Many Stories of 1704 10. 2011 survey of history museum websitesViewed 115 websites out of the 1179 self-identified history museums Visitors can now expect almost every history museum to contain basicvisitation information, which sites did not always offer in 2004. History museums in 2004 offered more narratives and stories related toexhibitions than in 2011. Nearly 70 percent of history museums provide only a summary or list ofexhibitions. Only 2 museums offered a means for closely examining an object. Searchable collections databases were available in 17 percent ofmuseums, up from 9 percent in 2004, while 37 percent offer no collectionsinformation. Nearly 70% of history museum sites offer no online teaching & learningmaterials. Most list programs offered on-site with contact information, only. Facebook is the most popular social network where museums have apresence at 56 percent and werent doing much there other thanpublicizing programs. 11. 12. 13. Freedom Center App 14. Building Detroit 15. Collecting = Forgetting? 16. Almost discarded album 17. Miss Frank E. Butolphs Menus 18. Arago: People, Postage, and the Post 19. NPM created a separate flat HTML exhibit that isdiscoverable, but not the record in Arago. 20. The Henry Ford Museum Collections 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. What Can a History Museum Do? Open your collections data, publish with all ofits warts Use digital spaces to contextualize objects &share multiple interpretations Invite others to contribute scholarship usingyour collections (with other sources) 26. Possible funding for that context 27. Would you use online museum collections? Do you use or have you used museum objects in yourresearch? How do you identify appropriate or possible collections touse in your research? Do you use or have you used auction sites like eBay to findsources? Would you be more likely to use museum collections assources if you could find them easily online? Are you interested in accessing museum collection data foryour own analysis, text or data mining, creatingvisualizations? Would you share your research back with a museum whoseobjects you incorporated into your research project?