Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) – 1972… • Over 1,000 members and growing! • Online training, I.P., collections management software reviews, documentation standards and more… • Virtual Museum of Canada: 2000
The Virtual Museum of Canada Measures of Sucess - 2000 • Targeting youth • More visits in museums • « …the most important thing is that users find what they are looking for and keep coming back. »
1995-2004: Ex.producer • 35+ Virtual exhibits • 200+ Museums • 20+ Multimédia Co. • 25+ Countries
Example of an International Collaboration: museum/gallery partners: Canada, the United States and Mexico: 2001-2002. • A focus on women’s contributions to the arts: visual, music, ‘folk’. • Based on the content provided by the participating institutions.
To ensure that the project was of a high quality from a content perspective • Design developed to accommodate the diverse material. • Text written to focus the project on the content contributions of the institutions, not all of women’s art. • Thematic structure designed to be inclusive of diverse subjects, materials.
« What I learned from this experience ? »K. Evenden, Manager, New Media Initiatives Glenbow Museum, Alberta, Canada • The importance of quality content that is accessible in electronic format. • That large partnerships involving intl. participants become possible, with the use of new technologies. • There are considerable staff/ budget ramifications, despite assumptions that electronic formats is easier.
This project was managed by CHIN but content developed by partners: process was content driven Content providers’ participation throughout the site development.
Conclusion: Some Key lessons • Develop Plan : Common Vision • Sign Agreement • Establish priorities • Solid Calendar & Budget • Clarify who is in charge : Roles • Agree on launch date • Have an Emergency plan • Take risks – but evaluate impact • Face the truth: good or bad – quickly • Involve highly competent professionals • Concentrate on the essentials: big pieces! • Tip: • Create a context of collaboration & constant open communication • Flexible & Enthusiastic!
Today: Virtual Museum of Canada More than 150 virtual exhibits. • More than 400,000 images. • Information on more than 2,700 Canadian museums. • Also, includes games and activities, teaching resources and links to online heritage gift shops across Canada. • More than 8 million visitors since launch (March 2001).
We wanted to know why some worked better than other…why people stayed longer… = “quality” found in their Online Experiences ? • First, we had to determine what define ‘quality’ in online museum projects. • Second, how to measure this ‘quality’ through analysis of 11 older virtual exhibits… Barbara Soren…