About

The Digital Collections Assessment Project This project was created as part of an assignment in Dr. Monica Macelli’s Information Technology course at the Pratt School of Information. A team of five researchers collaborated on creating assessment tools with which to evaluate the digital collections of museums. This topic was chosen as a way to demonstrate our understanding…

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Two Collections

Digital collections in museums are one of the most visible components of a museum’s web presence. This is what people who are interested in a museum will likely see first. The collection and management of these items is an important undertaking. The Layers of Digital Collection Development The breakdown of the areas of museum digital collections…

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Descriptions

The description of an object is an important element to consider in a digital collection. There are many challenges that institutions face in the creation of object descriptions. The Museum Object The task of effectively describing museum objects has been a challenge of cultural institutions throughout history. Oftentimes objects are selected for display in a museum…

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User Experience

Don Norman, the Father of User Experience Don Norman, author of The Design of Everyday Things, defines user experience as “everything that touches on your experience of a product.” User experience relates to the way a user feels and the information a user understands in relation to a given design —whether that is of a…

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Digital Asset Management

The management of the content that comprises digital collections is a critical aspect of a museum’s web presence. Digital Asset Management is a relatively new field and is still evolving. Organizing, Preserving, and Accessing Digital Materials Most of what goes into Digital Asset Management (DAM) is behind-the-scenes, but it is an important aspect of modern digital…

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Metadata

What is Metadata? The most common and wide-spread definition of metadata is “data about data.” The National Information Standards Organization has developed a more detailed definition for this term: “Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource.” We constantly deal with metadata…

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