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A Framework to construct a digital history museum through Crowdsourcing: Collecting historical stories and objects on the web


The aim of this study is to propose a framework to construct a Digital History Museum. ‘Digital History Museum’ is a website, which is defined as a ‘Digital Museum’ created by crowdsourcing ‘Digital History’ by collecting digital historical stories and objects on the web. The framework drawn through this project is structured with item, instruction, issue, and recommendations for 1) reflecting museum natures and 2) helping make participants easier and much more active. To achieve this aim, we constructed a homepage as Digital History Museum and are collecting story and object from individuals who have stories and pictures about wedding ceremonies.

Where were you,  Moving Here, and Make History are similar cases. Even though these projects and ours have a common aim for collecting digital historical objects, museum should have their own distinctive features and natures. Thus, the framework suggested in this research takes a museum’s perspective, focusing on collecting.

Nina Simon, on her blog Museum 2.0, stated that in the future institutions such as museums will act as platform providers (Simon, 2008). And Nancy Proctor, Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, discussed the museum as platform (Proctor, 2010).

Ultimately, this study expects to suggest not only the practicality of the framework but also to validate the potential of the website as a “platform”. Through this study, the website constructed as Digital History Museum shows the possibilities that the public can supplement museum content and connect to history with a museum website. That means the public can have opportunities to participate not only as resource finders or visitors on the web but also as contributors of resources to museums.


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Mihyun Nam's picture
Mihyun Nam is a M.S. Candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology studying culture planning and management. Her research is about digital history exploring the potential of historical information that exist on the web as part of a physical history museum.
Jungwha's picture
Professor Jungwha Kim is a professor at KAIST .She received her DEA from the department of formative arts theory from the Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV). She was the commissioner of the 2007 Spain ARCO partner country event, Director of the Cultural Events Hannover Messe Partner country Korea...