Web accessibility for museums

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What is web accessibility? As more and more museums turn to the Web as a means of providing new services and reaching new audiences, the issue of accessibility has become ever more pressing. Web accessibility concerns the creation of online resources, websites, documents and interactives that can be accessed by the widest possible range of users, whatever their […]

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Glossary of digital terms

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The following simple glossary has been developed to explain some of the terms we have used in our articles, guidelines and standards. At the end of the page, you will find links to glossaries of digital terms that are used by museums. Term Definition Blog An online journal or website that is frequently updated, and […]

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Who does 'digital' in a museum?

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At the heart of every organisation is its people. People bring skills, attitudes, knowledge and enthusiasm to their work, without which museums couldn’t achieve any of the things they do. So it seems right to begin our exploration of ‘Going Digital’ in museums by thinking about the people involved – who, exactly, does ‘digital’ in […]

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Create Once, Publish Everywhere (COPE)

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After more than a decade of innovative research and development, the international museum community has learnt a great deal about how to harness the power of the Web to the delivery of rich, meaningful cultural experiences. In this article, Nick Poole explores the new vision of museums as publishers and broadcasters and looks at how the […]

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Digital systems

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This resources looks at how museums are developing IT systems and networks to address the changing needs of the organisation and its audiences. Once your museum has identified its digital people and created its new Digital Strategy, it is time to think about the IT systems – both software and hardware – that you need to have […]

Developing digital strategies

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People work best when they have a common sense of purpose or mission, a clear programme of work and a definition of success, value or impact that they can work towards. This is particularly true of ‘digital’ work, which touches on many different roles and skill sets across the museum. Over the past 10 years, […]

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Collections access and the use of technology in museums

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SHARE Museums East in collaboration with the Collections Trust have compiled a report on collections access and the use of technology in museums. This report focuses on understanding the issues that museums face, or perceive they face, when considering the use of digital technologies. Clicking the link on this page will allow you to download this […]

Digital benchmarks for the Culture Sector

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There is a lot of activity in museums about ‘going digital’ that it can make it confusing to know where to start. Our Digital Benchmarking Toolkit is a free, easy to use tool for auditing your museums digital skills, equipment, activity and needs. It is available as a free download and based on a simple […]

Digital engagement resources

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This resource can support museums in achieving the Accreditation Standard 3.3.1, ‘The museum must exhibit the collections using a variety of interpretative methods.’ This web page contains a range of resources and links supporting digital engagement in museums, including development of a digital strategy, website management, copyright, use of technology to engage users and social […]

Web Accessibility Initiative

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These guidelines provides information to support museums in reaching the Accreditation Standard section 3.2.3, ‘The museum must communicate effectively with users and potential users through a range of accessible marketing and promotional activities.’ The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) guidelines are widely regarded as the international standard for web accessibility. WAI provides resources on its website […]