Web Crit

Friday, April 05, 2019: 9:00am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

The Web Crit Room is an interactive conversation between the presenter (whose site is the topic of discussion), the panel, and those in the session. Four sites are reviewed, with the site representative presenting the site briefly,  highlighting the challenges they face and the areas where they’d like feedback. The panelists and the audience respond, offering their critique and suggestions. 

This year’s Web Crit is chaired by Heidi Quicksilver (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, USA) with panelists Gilles Duffau (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, France),  Jean-Pierre Chabrol (Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia), Conxa Rodà (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya & Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona), and Christina de Vreeze-Cabrera (CVC Fine Art Ltd., Spain).

Chair: Heidi Quicksilver

Chrysler Museum of Art Website Redesign
- Megan Frost, Chrysler Museum of Art, USA, Meredith Gray, Chrysler Museum of Art, USA
In the spring of 2018, the Chrysler Museum of Art undertook a project to reimagine and redesign Chrysler.org. The existing site was built in 2011. The Museum has had an online presence since 1998 and was very early to digitize the entire art collection. However, the existing site did not convey the energy and openness of the current Chrysler. The site was also not mobile friendly and had a number of accessibility issues. The Museum worked with Drexler, a creative design studio from Baltimore, Maryland, Gallery Systems, and Blackbaud’s Altru. We had an aggressive 6-month schedule and launched our new site in the second week of December 2018. One of our main goals was to make the Museum feel as warm and welcoming online as it does in person.

Web Crit of the Website for the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
- Karen Wark, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, USA
Last year we submitted our website to the web crit and we have since implemented all of the very helpful suggestions. The suggestions included improving the database search function and improving the interface for mobile users. We would like to have it reviewed again in our quest to make it perfect. 

The Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit: Exploring Education and Advocacy for More Inclusive Information Systems
- Amanda Rust, Northeastern University Library, USA, Mattie Clear, Simmons University, USA
Museum systems for the acquisition and care of cultural objects reflect existing structures of oppression. Technology can further perpetuate these power differentials. Providing digital access to the history of marginalized communities requires genuine partnership, including technical and information systems that are responsive to diverse cultural needs. Design for Diversity, an IMLS-funded project, explores strategies for creating more inclusive systems. By creating a Toolkit that helps unpack technical processes, we empower cultural heritage practitioners to recognize where they can make change. We are excited by the chance to present our Toolkit to museum practitioners; input from those in the museum world is vital to our success.

Sarjeant Gallery online collection microsite
- Paul Rowe, Vernon Systems, New Zealand
The Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is a regional New Zealand gallery with a small team and no web development or IT staff. In collaboration with Vernon Systems, the Sarjeant Gallery has launched a stand-alone online collection website within a tight budget of $US 20,000. The website has also been designed to serve as an in-gallery kiosk, with a large touchscreen in their temporary gallery providing access for visitors to the entire Sarjeant Gallery collection via the "Sarjeant Mosaic" page.