The ghost in the museum website: investigating the general public's interactions with museum websites.

Walsh, David, Hall, Mark, Clough, P.D. and Foster, J (2017) The ghost in the museum website: investigating the general public's interactions with museum websites. 21st International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, 18/09/2017-21/09/2017, Thessaloniki, Greece, pp. 434-445, ISBN 978331967008934, ISSN 0302-9743, DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67008-9_34.

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Abstract

Museums are increasing access to their collections via web-based interfaces, but are seeing high numbers of users looking at only one or two pages within 10 seconds and then leaving. To decrease this rate, a better understanding of the type of user who visits a museum website is required. Existing models for museum website users tend to focus on a small number of groups or provide little detail in their de nitions of the groups. This paper presents the results of a large scale museum user survey in which data on a wide range of user characteristics was collected to provide well founded de nitions for the user group's motivations, tasks, engagement, and domain knowledge. The results highlight that the general public and non-professional users make up the majority of users and allow us to clearly de fine these two groups.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Proceedings)
Additional Information: LNCS 10450
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital cultural heritage; museum website; users; survey
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Computing and Information Systems
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 14:52
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9473

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