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Tear Down the Walls: The Redesign of ArtsConnectEd

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Dowden, R., and S. Sayre: Tear Down the Walls: The Redesign of ArtsConnectEd. In J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2009: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics. Published March 31, 2009. Consulted April 24, 2009. http://www.archimuse.com/mw2009/papers/dowden/dowden.html

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Tear Down the Walls: The Redesign of ArtsConnectEd

  1. 1. The ArtsConnectEd2 “Top Ten” from the paper Tearing down the Walls: the Redesign of ArtsConnectEd
  2. 2. Beginnings <ul><li>Collaboration between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Combines the collections, archives, media resources and educational materials </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for K-12 teachers and students </li></ul><ul><li>Initially launched in 1997 </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Decade Later… <ul><li>Over 1,400 teachers trained </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1 million users annually </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 Art Collector sets </li></ul><ul><li>Core component to both museums teacher and school programs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Short comings <ul><li>Difficult to update </li></ul><ul><li>Aging proprietary technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Educators did not have tools to update or add content </li></ul>
  5. 5. Assessing New Needs <ul><li>Evaluation data </li></ul><ul><li>Decade of statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Power User Focus groups </li></ul><ul><li>Museum Educator interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Usability lab </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ten Problems: Ten Solutions
  7. 7. #1 Museum Data from Multiple Sources <ul><li>CDWA Lite XML; OAI-PMH </li></ul><ul><li>Adopting solutions for future growth </li></ul><ul><li>Creating opportunity to add collections </li></ul><ul><li>Making possible sharing with others </li></ul>
  8. 8. #2 Revealing the Resource <ul><li>Featured content </li></ul><ul><li>Tag cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing recent activity </li></ul><ul><li>Art Finder: start with everything </li></ul>
  9. 9. #3 A New Way of Searching <ul><li>Collapsing search and browse </li></ul><ul><li>Returns organized by asset type </li></ul><ul><li>Global filters </li></ul><ul><li>Asset specific filters </li></ul><ul><li>Sort options </li></ul>
  10. 10. #4 Multiple Views of Data and Media <ul><li>Large image view </li></ul><ul><li>Item detail view </li></ul><ul><li>Handout view </li></ul><ul><li>Notes view </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation view </li></ul><ul><li>PDF presentation view </li></ul>
  11. 11. #5 Integration of Personal and External Media <ul><li>Flickr photos </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube video </li></ul><ul><li>ArtBabble video </li></ul><ul><li>External MP3 files </li></ul>
  12. 12. #6 Highly Scalable Media and Presentations <ul><li>Scalable images </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable video </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable presentation </li></ul>
  13. 13. #7 Tools for Museum Educators <ul><li>Extending Art Collector’s features </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation themes and branding </li></ul><ul><li>Slide presentation options </li></ul>
  14. 14. #8 Multiple Channels for 2-Way Interaction <ul><li>Ask An Educator </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Mail Functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Submission of Art Collector Sets </li></ul>
  15. 16. #9 Tools for Defining Multiple Relationships <ul><li>Adding related texts to works of art </li></ul><ul><li>Linking items to items </li></ul><ul><li>Bulk tagging </li></ul><ul><li>GEM “Gateway to Educational Material” controlled vocabulary </li></ul>
  16. 17. #10 Content Management System <ul><li>“ Administrative” content managed as assets </li></ul><ul><li>Art Collector as admin tool </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative options integrated into public </li></ul><ul><li>interface </li></ul>

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