AN INTERNET SEARCH INTERFACE FOR THE ACKLAND ART MUSEUM COLLECTION DATABASE
The paper documents the planning and design of an Internet interface to search the Ackland Art Museum's collection database. Preliminary work included reviewing other museum on-line collection databases. The project itself consisted of five parts: a user needs assessment conducted to learn about the system™s potential users, developing and testing the design requirements derived from the assessment, the implementation of the proposed system and a usability study to test the system. Conclusions address the problems encountered during the implementation and their resolution, as well as recommendations for future enhancements to the system.
The lessons learned from this project may be used by other museums implementing a similar interface, especially small and medium sized museums such as the Ackland Art Museum. The results of the user needs assessment indicated a strong interest in Internet access to museum collection databases which is a finding that may be useful to grant seeking.
Advisor:Stephanie W. Haas
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:web interface design user processes museum websites
Date of Publication:04/12/2004