Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

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Info-Seeking

Type: 
Session
Date & Time: 
Apr 7 2011 - 11:00am
Location: 
Commonwealth C/D

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Archives & Museum Informatics EIN: 77-0708617; GST / BN 887978914

Description

What are they looking for and how can they find it in the universe of things we have? If this was a TV game show, it would be enough to expect someone to guess the words we used to describe something. But if we really want people to find information from – or about – our collections we need to help.

Scholarly Information Seeking Behaviour in the British Museum Online Collection

Keywords: 
online collections
Keywords: 
information seeking
Keywords: 
user studies
Keywords: 
usability
Keywords: 
scholarly searching
Keywords: 
search strategies
Keywords: 
search
Abstract: 

The vast amounts of digital museum resources available to support scholarship are changing the ways researchers work, offering convenient quick access to a wide selection of cultural heritage content. However, finding information in museums, as well as libraries and archives, is not an easy task.  Collections database information systems can be overwhelming and daunting to many users.

Type: 
Paper - in formal session