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Hypermuse: A prototype hypermedia front-end for museum information systems


TitleHypermuse: A prototype hypermedia front-end for museum information systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsFahy, A.
Secondary TitleMuseums and Interactive Multimedia: Selected papers from the second International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity in Museums
Keywordsdatabase, ICHIM93, Information retrieval, multimedia design, navigation, search
Abstract

Hypermedia offers a new paradigm for the design of information systems within museums. Yet working applications are few and far between. One problem has been that the query-based mode of searching has tended to be completely overshadowed by the navigational mode in hypermedia. Both are required for different ends in an information systems application. A naive user may prefer to browse using navigation, while a regular user may be able to formulate a query which retrieves the information desired. Another problem has been the one-off nature of many hypermedia applications. Input and maintenance of data can be a tedious task for hypermedia systems. Organisations already have database systems which need to be re-used rather than replaced in a move to using hypermedia. The best situation would be for a database to hold the stored information, and for a hypermedia package to provide the interface. A hypermedia package could then be used to build one (or more) interfaces to that database. This arrangement utilises the best features of both types of system.

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