This Special Issue will shed light on the history of museums on the Web. The advent of online technologies has changed the way museums manage collections and access them, shape exhibitions, and build communities and participation. However, scant attention has been given to how museums’ online presence has developed over time, from the mid-1990s to the present. Research has been undertaken for histories about museums and digital technologies (see for example Parry 2007, 2009; Cameron 2003; Cameron and Kenderdine 2010; Bowen 2010; Gartner 2016; Legene 2016). However, this Special Issue invites scholars and museum practitioners to discuss specifically the histories of museums on the Web. How have online collections been built, circulated, and exhibited? How have (information) architecture and museum websites developed over time? And how have museums built and engaged with (online) communities? We are interested in the foundational work by the early Internet pioneers, as well as the ruptures and continuities throughout the history of museums on the Web.
Please follow the link to the full description of the special issue and the forms to submit an abstract.
Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
1. Historiographies of museums on the Web 2. The development of virtual museums and the evolving online presence of museums 3. (The growth of) digital collections 4. Online exhibitions and digital storytelling 5. Online communities and digital engagement 6. Digital inclusion and diversity 7. Analysis of case studies (e.g. virtual museums, online exhibitions) 8. How can the past inform the future of museums on the Web? 9. Shaping museums’ digital identity 10. The (shifting) balance between ‘real’ and ‘digital’ experience 11. The post-digital museum: How did the Web change the museum? 12. The social role of museums on the Web (e.g. online exhibitions and traumatic memories and experiences) 13. The obsolescence and hype cycles of technologies
Please note that acceptance of abstract does not ensure final publication as all articles must go through the journal’s peer review process. We only publish manuscripts in English.