Where Are The Edit and Upload Buttons? Dynamic Futures for Museum Collections Online.


Neal Stimler, Self-Employed, USA, Louise Rawlinson, Cogapp, UK

Museum collections offer the potential to be the foundations for a rich participatory ecosystem, in which experts and enthusiasts work together to produce knowledge and understanding. That potential has yet to be exploited. Collections instead continue to be presented as “online card catalogs,” even as the rest of the web has transitioned towards participation as the expected norm. Our online collections are richer than ever (better data, better images, more multimedia), but where are the edit and upload buttons?

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