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The Museums and the Web 2000 program opened with a plenary session. On Monday, three concurrent tracks featured in-house impacts of the web, e-commerce and museum-school collaboration. On Tuesday, birds-of-a-feather continental breakfast meetings were followed by tracks on evaluation and design. On Wednesday two demonstration sessions, with dozens of demonstrations each, ran concurrently with mini-workshops on tools and techniques and a "Crit Room" where web designers subject their work to peer review. All these sessions were structured to allow attendees to participate. A closing plenary wrapped the meeting.

Papers presented at MW2000 were published in conference Proceedings distributed to all attendees at registration, thanks to our sponsor,

Monday April 17, 2000

9:30 AM-
10:30 AM


Opening Plenary

Brave New World - Museums and the Market
David Bearman, Archives & Museum Informatics, USA
Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics, USA

11:00 AM-
12:30 PM


Aggregators: Your Alligators or Just Aggravators

Visitor Services, Retail and Development: Where Do They Fit on the Web?
James Rhodes, 2b Technology, USA

Meta-centers: do they work and what might the future hold. A case study of Australian Museums On-line.
Kevin Sumption, Powerhouse Museum, Australia

Virtual Objects & Real Education: Prolegomenon version 0.1
Glen Hoptman, Lightbeam Group/Studio, USA
Marsha Weiner, Lightbeam Group/Studio
Jonathan Latimer, Lightbeam Group/Studio

11:00 AM-
12:30 PM



Contextual Links and Non-linear Narrative: A Virtual Rashomon
David Greenfield, Skirball Cultural Center, USA

Web Museums and Memory in the Age of Digital Multimedia Networks (Extensions of Walter Benjamin's Insights)
Isabelle Rieusset-Lemarié, I.U.F.M. de Versailles, France

(Re)constructing Memory: Online Exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
David Klevan, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA
Lawrence Swiader, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA
Arnold Kramer, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA

11:00 AM-
12:30 PM



Sharing the Experience: The Building of a Successful Online/Onsite Exhibition
Scott Sayre, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA
Joan Gorman, Upper Midwest Conservation Association, USA
Patrick Noon, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, USA
Mike Dust, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA

2:00 PM-
3:30 PM


Making Data Work: Functional Design Strategies

'Re-casting Our Net': broadening information access at the National Maritime Museum
Sophia Robertson, National Maritime Museum, United Kingdom
Sarah Ashton, National Maritime Museum, UK

Bringing the object to the viewer: Multimedia techniques for the scientific study of art
Michael Douma, WebExhibits/IDEA, USA
Michael Henchman, Brandeis University, USA

Is Bigger Better? Web Delivery of High-Resolution Images from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Maria Daniels, Tufts University, USA

2:00 PM-
3:30 PM


Promoting Your Web Site

Online Primetime- Promoting via Portals and other traffic building tricks
Darren Kornblut, Image Exchange, USA

Web Sponsorships : How Museums and Private Companies Can Play Together on a New Playground
Giuliano Gaia, Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnica, Italy

How to Get More Than 500,000 Visitors in 6 Months
Guido Luetsch, MoneyMuseum - Internet-Index GmbH, Germany

2:00 PM-
5:30 PM


Achieving Educational Objectives

Integrating a Web Component into the Classroom
Donna Gesualdo, New Museum of Contemporary Art, USA

ARTS, SCIENCE & HISTORY ON-LINE: Examples of successful collaborations between an e-learning firm and non-profit organizations
Chuck Barger, Interactive Knowledge, Inc., USA

Can Your Website Go the Distance? Integrating the Web to make your Distance Learning Programs Go Further
David Schaller, Educational Web Adventures LLP, USA
Chris Tower, University of Minnesota, USA

Integration of Primary Resource Materials into Elementary School Curricula
Beth Sandore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Patricia Miller, Illinois Heritage Association, USA
Nuala Bennett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Amanda Grunden, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

From the Horse's Mouth: How Our Teachers are Using the Internet
Diana Johnson, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, USA

The Minnesota Communities Project: Using the Internet to Teach Your Students Primary Source Skills
Kristine Hagen Thofson, Minnesota Historical Society, USA
Sara Yaeger, Minnesota Historical Society, USA
Mark Durkin, The Learning Company

4:00 PM-
5:30 PM


Finding Educational Sites

Access to the Distributed Environment: Making On-line Museum Content More Accessible to Educators
Danielle Boily, Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), Canada

Creating Heritage Content for the Web
Adriana Davies, Heritage Community Foundation, Canada

Heritage, Classrooms and the World Wide Web: A Teacher Educator's Perspective on the Gateway to Learning Materials Project
John Myers, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), Canada

Learning History
Nicole Vallières, McCord Museum of Canadian History, Canada

4:00 PM-
5:30 PM


Museum Shops Online

Selling More Without Selling Out: Museum Merchandising That Supports a Museum's Mission
Dean Johnson,, USA

Building the Next Generation Collaborative Museum Shopping Site: Merging E-commerce, e-museums & entrepreneurs
Chris Tellis, Antenna Audio, USA
Rebecca Reynolds Moore, Museum Shop.Com, Inc., USA

Zero to a Million $ in one year flat
Philip Getchell, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Debra LaKind, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

Tuesday April 18, 2000

8:30 AM-
10:30 AM


U.S.Federal Funding Opportunities

Your tax dollars at work: Federal funding sources for US museum web projects
Sarah Ridley, National Endowment for the Humanities, USA
Saralyn Reece Hardy, National Endowment for the Arts, USA
Bonnie Gould, National Endowment for the Humanities, USA
Hyman Field, National Science Foundation, USA

11:00 AM-
12:30 PM


Management Issues

Canada's Digital Collections: Youth Employment Opportunities and Canadian Content Online
Nora Hockin, Industry Canada, Canada

The Small Museum Web Site: A case study of the web site development and strategy in a small art museum.
Kristine Hoff, Aarhus University, Denmark

Outsourcing of Museums on the Web Projects in Russia
Tatyana Bogomazova, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology & Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Vladimir Bronnikov, Ctor_Studio Lanck, Russia

Unexpected help with your web-based collections: Encouraging data quality feedback from your online visitors
Paul Marty, Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois, USA
Michael Twidale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

11:00 AM-
12:30 PM


Virtual Museums

On Beyond Label Copy: Museum-Library Collaboration In The Development Of A Smart Web ExhibitOn beyond label copy: museum-library collaboration in the
Bernadette Callery, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, USA
Robert Thibadeau, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

The Website of the UK Museum of the Year, 1999
Jane Bowen, River & Rowing Museum, UK
Jonathan Bowen, South Bank University, UK

Employing Identification in Online Museums
Billie Jones, Penn State - Capital College, USA

Lessons learned from WebExhibits: Practical suggestions for good design
Michael Douma, WebExhibits/IDEA, USA

1:30 PM-
3:00 PM


Collaborations as Explorations

Chicago WebDocent: Web-based Curriculum from Multiple Museums
Craig Cunningham, University of Chicago, USA
Nenette Luarca, University of Chicago, USA
Anna Rochester, Oriental Institute, USA

A Research Agenda For Designing Next Generation Learning Spaces For Universities And Museums
Larry Friedlander, Stanford Learning Lab, USA

Collaborative Cultural Resource Creation: the example of the Art Museum Image Consortium
Kelly Richmond, Art Museum Image Consortium, USA
Jennifer Trant, Art Museum Image Consortium, USA
David Bearman, Art Museum Image Consortium, USA

1:30 PM-
5:00 PM



Investigating Art Museum Web Sites: A Three-part Approach
Amy Karabin, USA

Developing a Museum Web Presence for Higher Education - the Evaluation of an Online Course at Richmond, The American International University in Londo
Evan Dickerson, Richmond, The American International University in London, United Kingdom
Susie Peacock, Queen Margaret University College, Scotland

Honoured Guests - Towards a visitor centred web experience
Katie Streten, National Museum of Science & Industry, United Kingdom

Entering Through the Side Door - a Usage Analysis of Web Presentations
Joan Nordbotten, University of Bergen, Norway

An Examination of the Impact of Subjective Cultural Issues on the Usability of a Localized Web Site - The Louvre Museum Web Site
Yvonne Cleary, University of Limerick, Ireland

Who's Out There? A Pilot User Study of Educational Web Resources by the Science Learning Network (SLN)
Robert J. Semper, The Exploratorium, USA
Noel Wanner, The Exploratorium, USA
Roland Jackson, Science Museum, United Kingdom
Martin Bazley, Science Museum, UK

Cooperative Visits for Museum WWW Sites a Year Later: Evaluating the Effect
Paolo Paolini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Thimoty Barbieri, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

3:30 PM-
5:00 PM


Interaction Effects ... Interaction Affects

Thinking: Aesthetics, Architecture and Ambience
Donald Goodes, National Film Board of Canada, Canada

Creating Online Experiences in Broadband Environments
Jim Spadaccini, Ideum, USA

Making the Punishment Fit the Crime: Content-driven Multimedia Development
Peter Samis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), USA
Susie Wise, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

3D-Temporal Navigation on the Web: How to Explore a Virtual City along Multiple Historical Dimensions
Franca Garzotto, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Francesca Alonzo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Sara Valenti, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Wednesday April 19, 2000

8:30 AM
- 12:30PM


A Morning of Interactions

Demonstrations: over 25 museum web sites, to review.Meet their designers, and find out how they make them work.

Crit Room: join the panel and offer designers instant feedback on their featured Museum Sites

Mini Workshops: Up-close and technical with tools to build and maintain your site.

2:00 PM-
3:30 PM


Closing Plenary

Looking Back -- Looking Forward
Jennifer Trant, Art Museum Image Consortium
Robert J. Semper, The Exploratorium, USA
James Blackaby, The Museum of America and the Sea, USA
Lorna Abungu, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya