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The increasing popularity of the Web and the proliferation of mobile technologies have had a tremendous impact on museums. The deployment of new technology into physical museum spaces has greatly enhanced the in-person museum experience, but efforts to improve the virtual museum experience have been less successful. This lightning talk describes our preliminary efforts to develop and validate a user experience (UX) assessment rubric for online museum collections. Drawing from existing research and current interface design and usability best practices, this rubric provides a set of criteria for assessing the extent to which an online museum collection provides a positive user experience for online visitors. Future research directions will be presented alongside the results from an initial pilot study.
Presented at the 2014 Museums and the Web conference in Baltimore, MD.