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Understanding the Distributed Museum: Mapping the Spaces of Museology in Contemporary Culture

Susana Bautista and Anne Balsamo, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Abstract

Where is the museum for the digital generation? We use the term ├Čthe distributed museum├« to describe the form that the museum takes as it is part of the creation and movement among new spaces that comprise contemporary networked learning environments. No longer located in a particular physical space, the museum extends its presence through all sorts of virtual spaces on the Web as well as in the transient spaces created through the diverse practices and technologies of mobility. This paper offers an analytical framework to describe and map the museology of the distributed museum as it unfolds across conceptual divides between physical and the virtual, the fixed and the mobile, and closed and open.

Keywords: museum, distributed, digital age, participatory, learning