Exploiting Historic Collections Online

Michael Robert Alexander McConnell, I. A. Middleton, Peter Jeffels, Julie Smart

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    Abstract

    Can virtual library and museum collections offer significant advantages over traditional physical displays? Clearly there are benefits in avoiding the natural temporal and spatial limitations of physical collections: location, opening hours, display space; but what other opportunities do new technologies offer? Can such collections overcome the problems that traditional curatorial/cataloguing taxonomies sometimes present for users? Can they ever be a viable alternative to the physical, or do they serve a different or complementary purpose? How important is the physical, tactile nature of artefacts to the user? This paper outlines the processes involved in the creation of three virtual resources at the University of Aberdeen: an on-line museum collection, and two library projects that focus on specific aspects of the region's history. It details how these resources were enhanced by the careful use of new technologies. The authors argue that virtual spaces can indeed complement traditional collections if properly researched, resourced and designed. Moreover, the virtual world can present exciting opportunities for placing materials in new contexts where meaningful relationships can be drawn. The authors contend that in addition to widening access for traditional audiences, virtual collections may also enable access for a different demographic; one that would not normally use libraries or museums.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMuseums and the Web 2004
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
    EditorsDavid Bearman, Jennifer Trant
    Place of PublicationToronto
    PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics (Firm)
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
    EventMuseums and the Web 2004 - Arlington, United States
    Duration: 31 Mar 20043 Apr 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceMuseums and the Web 2004
    CountryUnited States
    CityArlington
    Period31/03/043/04/04

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    museum
    new technology
    resources
    taxonomy
    artifact
    present
    history

    Keywords

    • museums
    • library
    • virtual
    • physical
    • Marischal Museum
    • Scott Skinner
    • radicalism

    Cite this

    McConnell, M. R. A., Middleton, I. A., Jeffels, P., & Smart, J. (2004). Exploiting Historic Collections Online. In D. Bearman, & J. Trant (Eds.), Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics (Firm).

    Exploiting Historic Collections Online. / McConnell, Michael Robert Alexander; Middleton, I. A.; Jeffels, Peter; Smart, Julie.

    Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings. ed. / David Bearman; Jennifer Trant. Toronto : Archives & Museum Informatics (Firm), 2004.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

    McConnell, MRA, Middleton, IA, Jeffels, P & Smart, J 2004, Exploiting Historic Collections Online. in D Bearman & J Trant (eds), Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings. Archives & Museum Informatics (Firm), Toronto, Museums and the Web 2004, Arlington, United States, 31/03/04.
    McConnell MRA, Middleton IA, Jeffels P, Smart J. Exploiting Historic Collections Online. In Bearman D, Trant J, editors, Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics (Firm). 2004
    McConnell, Michael Robert Alexander ; Middleton, I. A. ; Jeffels, Peter ; Smart, Julie. / Exploiting Historic Collections Online. Museums and the Web 2004: Proceedings. editor / David Bearman ; Jennifer Trant. Toronto : Archives & Museum Informatics (Firm), 2004.
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