• The History Museum Web Examined, 2004 (PDF): http://www.lotfortynine.org/wp- content/uploads/2011/11/HistoryMuseumsO nline2004_brennan.pdf• 2004 Survey Summary: http://bit.ly/historymuseumweb2004• 2011 Survey: http://bit.ly/stateofhistorymuseumweb
Lewis and Clark Bicentennialhttp://www.lewisandclarkexhibit.org/
Raid on Deerfield, Many Stories of 1704http://1704.deerfield.history.museum/
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 basic visitation information, which sites did not always offer in 2004.• History museums in 2004 offered more narratives and stories related to exhibitions than in 2011.• Nearly 70 percent of history museums provide only a summary or list of exhibitions.• Only 2 museums offered a means for closely examining an object.• Searchable collections databases were available in 17 percent of museums, up from 9 percent in 2004, while 37 percent offer no collections information.• Nearly 70% of history museum sites offer no online teaching & learning materials. Most list programs offered on-site with contact information, only.• Facebook is the most popular social network where museums have a presence at 56 percent and weren’t doing much there other than publicizing programs. http://bit.ly/stateofhistorymuseumweb
What Can a History Museum Do?• Open your collections data, publish with all of its warts• Use digital spaces to contextualize objects & share multiple interpretations• Invite others to contribute scholarship using your collections (with other sources)
Possible funding for that contexthttp://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2012-11-14
Would you use online museum collections?• Do you use or have you used museum objects in your research?• How do you identify appropriate or possible collections to use in your research?• Do you use or have you used auction sites like eBay to find sources?• Would you be more likely to use museum collections as sources if you could find them easily online?• Are you interested in accessing museum collection data for your own analysis, text or data mining, creating visualizations?• Would you share your research back with a museum whose objects you incorporated into your research project?