Planning any exhibit
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?