Museums in a Digital Age / edited by Ross Parry

Parry, Ross [ed.].
ISBN: 9780415402620.Edition: 1rst ed.Publisher: London : Routledge, 2010Description: xviii, 478 p.Series: Leicester readers in museum studies: Summary: 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. (Font: Editor)
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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. (Font: Editor)

Series preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1. The practice of digital heritage and the heritage of digital practice / Ross Parry -- Part one. Information: data, structure and meaning: Introduction to part one / Ross Parry ; 2. A brief history of museum computerization / David Williams ; 3. The changing role of information professionals in museums / Andrew Roberts ; 4. What is information in the museum context? / Elizabeth Orna and Charles Pettitt ; 5. The world of (almost) unique objects / Robert Chenhall and David Vance ; 6. Standards for networked cultural heritage / David Bearman ; 7. Database as symbolic form / Lev Manovich ; 8. The museum as information utility / George F. Macdonald and Stephen Alsford ; 9. Museum collections, documentation and shifting knowledge paradigms / Fiona Cameron ; 10. Semantic dissonance: do we need (and do we understand) the semantic web? / Ross Parry, Nick Poole and Jon Pratty ; 11 Building a universal digital memory / Pierre Lévy -- Part two. Space: visits, virtuality and distance: Introduction to part two / Ross Parry ; 12. On the origins of the virtual museum / Erkki Huhtamo ; 13. From Malraux's imaginary museum to the virtual museum / Antonio M. Battro ; 14. Virtual spaces and museums / Andrea Bandelli ; 15. The virtual visit: towards a new concept for the electronic science centre / Roland Jackson ; 16. Empowering the remote visitor: supporting social museum experiences among local and remote visitors / Areti Galani and Matthew Chalmers ; 17. Museums outside walls: mobile phones and the museum in the everyday / Konstantinos Arvanitis -- Part three. Acces: ability, usability and connectivity: Introduction to part three / Ross Parry ; 18. Acces to digital heritage in Africa: bridging the digital divide / Lorna Abungu ; 19. My dream of an accessible web culture for disabled people / Kevin Carey ; 20. My dream of an accessible web culture for disabled people: a re-evaluation / Kevin Carey ; 21. Implementing a holistic approach to e-learning accessibility / Brian Kelly, Lawrie Phipps and Caro Howell ; 22. Usability evaluation for museum websites / Daniel Cunliffe, Efmorphia Kritou and Douglas Tudhope ; 23. Culture as driver of innovation / Ranjit Makkuni -- Part four. Interpretation: communication, interactivity and learning: Introduction to part four / Ross Parry ; 24. The web and the unassailable voice / Peter Walsh ; 25. When the object is digital: properties of digital surrogate objects and implications for learning / Olivia C. Frost ; 26. Learning by doing and learning trough play: an exploration of interactivity in virtual environments for children / Maria Roussou ; 27. Interactivity and collaboration: new forms of participation in museums, galleries and science centres / Christian Heath and Dirk Vom Lehn ; 28. Visitors' use of computer exhibits: findings from five gruelling years of watching visitors getting it wrong / Ben Gammon -- Part five. Object: authenticity, authority and trust: Introduction to part five / Ross Parry ; 29. Museums and virtuality / Klaus Müller ; 30. When all you've got is 'The Real Thing': museums and authenticity in the networked world / Jennifer Trant ; 31. Authenticity and integrity in the digital environment: and exploratory analysis of the central role of trust / Clifford Lynch ; 32. Why museums matter / Marc Pachter ; 33. Defining the problem of our vanishing memory: background, current status, models for resolution / Peter Lyman and Howard Besser ; 34. Curating new media / Matthew Gansallo -- Part six. Delivery: production, evaluation and sustainability: Introduction to part six / Ross Parry ; 35. Managing new technology projects in museums and galleries / Matthew Stiff ; 36. Rationale for digitization and preservation / Paul Conway ; 37. 'Speaking for themselves': new media and 'Making the modern world' / Frank Colson and Jean Colson ; 38. The evaluation of museum multimedia applications: lessons from research / Maria Economou ; 39. A survey on digital cultural heritage initiatives and their sustainability concerns / Diane M. Zorich -- Part seven. Futures: priorities, approaches and aspirations: Introduction to part seven / Ross Parry ; 40. Making the total museum possible / Tomislav Sola ; 41. Museums in the Information Era: cultural connectors of time and space / Manuel Castells ; 42. The shape of things to come: museums in the technological landscape / Simon J. Knell ; 43. Digital heritage and the rise of theory in museum computing / Ross Parry

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