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AN INTERNET SEARCH INTERFACE FOR THE ACKLAND ART MUSEUM COLLECTION DATABASE

by Beard, Carmen L.

Abstract (Summary)
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 systemâ„¢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.

Bibliographical Information:

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

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Date of Publication:04/12/2004

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