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Definition and prospects of the Virtual museum
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Virtual museums are becoming increasingly frequent online but the definition of the virtual museum does not seem to be properly set. This thesis discuss the definition of the virtual museum and takes it a step further to see if it is possible for the virtual museum to be regarded a museum in its own right. Through literature studies, and by studying current virtual museums, the definition of the virtual museum is set as a source of information, generally on the Internet, and accessible to all. A virtual museum presents information through multimedia, and with the help of an interface that is based on a concept of rooms that the user navigate to experience the virtual museum. Information is as essential to the virtual museum as objects are for a physical museum.

By comparing the collect, preserve and display principles of the museum with current applications used in the virtual museum, I found it possible to apply these principles even to the virtual museum, but other sides such as educative and social aspects are currently not being translated, however, by implementing Web 2.0, educative resources and personalization, the virtual museum could be seen as a museum in its own right.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
, Uppsatser inom musei- & kulturarvsvetenskap, ISSN 1650-6079 ; 61
Keyword [en]
Virtual museum, On-line museum, virtual exhibition, virtual cultural heritage, digital cultural heritage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-140440Local ID: 61OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-140440DiVA: diva2:383640
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-05 Last updated: 2011-01-05Bibliographically approved

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