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We're Building It, Will They Use It? The MOAC II Evaluation Project


TitleWe're Building It, Will They Use It? The MOAC II Evaluation Project
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWhite, L., Gilliland-Swetland A., & Chandler R.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2004: Proceedings
Conference Start DateMarch 31 - April
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedWashington DC / Arlington VA, USA
EditorBearman, D., & Trant J.
Keywordsdigital libraries, Encoded Archival Description, metadata, research methodologies, user studies
Abstract

Museums and the Online Archive of California II User Evaluation (MOAC II) is a two-year study funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that seeks to evaluate the needs and behaviors of four key user constituencies of MOAC: 1) K-12 teachers; 2) university students; 3) academics in the humanities and social sciences; and 4) museum professionals, librarians, and archivists, with the goals of generating recommendations for improving the usability and value of MOAC as well as encouraging its use in research and learning contexts. The study seeks to contribute to the continued enhancement of MOAC, first conceived in 1997, a museum/library collaboration that is building aggregated, publicly accessible collections of digitized museum content and their metadata. This paper first reviews the development of MOAC, with a particular emphasis on the nature of its contents as well as its metadata infrastructure. It then discusses the triangulated research design that is being applied by the study.

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