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ART/HIS 318: Museum Studies (Spring 2022)
A research guide for students in Dr. Beverly Joyce's Museum Studies Class
Creating a digital exhibit isn't unlike planning a physical one - there are conceptual things to keep in mind.
What story are you telling?
What is the narrative thread or guiding concept that weaves your collection together?
Who is your audience?
What is the layout of your exhibit?
Planning a digital exhibit
In addition to the previous things, consider the following when making your exhibit digital:
Metadata - The metadata of every object in your collection is the information about each piece of that object, like a citation. Keep track of things like the title, creator, description, etc. on hand to include in your exhibit.
File storage and organization - Where are you storing your files? Do you have enough space for the size of the files? Are they organized enough to access without seeing the object (e.g. a list of file names in a folder)? What file size will allow for the higher quality image but maintain your file size limits?
Permissions - Do you have the permission (or the usage rights) to share the file digitally? Can you get them if they aren't readily accessible?
Accessibility - Consider the limits your digital exhibit might impose on someone with limited abilities. Could you navigate your exhibit with just access to a keyboard? Could you operate it with an older version of a web browser?
The Ann Lewis Women's Suffrage Collection is a privately owned collection amassed over twenty years. It is comprised of more than 1,200 books, objects, correspondence, periodicals, lobbying materials, postcards, and more.
Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + "the vanishing race" is an aggregation of several existing archival visual, material, and sonic collections based on the work of Edward S. Curtis, an early 20th century photographer.