Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Museum Studies

First Advisor

Stephanie Brown

Second Advisor

Paula Birnbaum

Third Advisor

Marjorie Schwarzer

Abstract

Museums increasingly use the Internet, digitization, and social tagging to publicize their collections in online databases. However, these online collections museums frequently lack contextual and interpretive information that objects require to be understood by the general public. Other sources, such as Wikipedia, consistently deliver more in-depth information on artworks than museums. The Museum Wiki proposes a solution for the Museum Studies field to address this information gap by emulating Wikipedia’s framework of interlinked articles for online museum collections. Additionally, this model raises the online visibility of these collections by editing relevant Wikipedia articles with information from articles written for the museum’s collection. These Wikipedia edits are then cited back to the museum website to drive visitors to the collection. The Museum Wiki uses the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA to pilot the project with its collection of Albert Bierstadt paintings.

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