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The Quilt Index Goes 2.0: A Fiberspace Case Study

TitleThe Quilt Index Goes 2.0: A Fiberspace Case Study
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMacDowell, M., Richardson J., Rehberger D., Sikarskie A., & Worrall M.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2009. Proceedings
Conference Start DateApril 15-18, 200
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordscommunity, digital repository, on-line collaboration, quilts, usability, Web 2.0, wiki

This case study examines the establishment of a wiki for The Quilt Index, a public and scholarly resource on quilts built through participation of contributors, including museums and libraries that hold quilts, quilt documentation records, and other quilt related materials in their collections. The paper presents the results of project planning, technical installation and customization, pilot set up and initial content population; also finding an information structure that works for audience needs, networking with community individuals and organizations, identifying the learning curve and providing training for the userbase, launch and response. This case study of a wiki addition to an on-line collection will be valuable to any museum professional in the process of or interested in launching a wiki on an institution’s Web site.