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published: March 2004
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Museums and the Web 2004 : Best of the Web
Recognizing achievement in heritage Web site design

Each year, Museums and the Web sponsors the Best of the Web competition. Museum Web sites from around the world are nominated in a variety of categories and judged by an independent panel of judges.

This year's categories include:

Best On-line Exhibition

Best E-Services Site

Best Museum Web Site Supporting Educational Use

Best Innovative or Experimental Application

Best Museum Professional's Site

Best Museum Research Site

Best Overall Museum Web site

As well as choosing the best in each category, the judges pick the "Best of the Web" from all the sites nominated. This award recognizes the outstanding nature of a site and its overall contribution to the institution, museum profession and cultural informatics community.


Nominations for the Best of the Web contest closed January 31, 2004. Members of the community suggested sites for the judges to review.

See if your favourite site has been nominated.

Prior winners were:

Past Best of the Web Winners
1997 The Exploratorium
1998 MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
1999 Walker Art Center
2000 State Hermitage Museum
2001 Bhutan - Fortress of the Gods
2002 The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame
2003 Theban Mapping Project

Overall Chairs of the Best of the Web Contest

David Greenfield
GolomGraphica, USA

Jim Angus
Website Project Manager, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke USA

Best of the Web Judges

All sites are reviewed by a committee of judges.

Robert Abbott

Manfred Bogen
VP Computer Services
L-Soft International, Inc.

Cynthia R. Copeland
Director Educational New Media American Revolution Project
The New-York Historical Society

James Devine
Head of Multimedia
Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery
University of Glasgow

Karen Elinich
Director, Educational Technology Programs
Educational Technology Programs
The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Peter Gorgels
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Katherine Burton Jones
Information Technology and Media Services
Harvard Divinity School

Susannah McGowan
Instructional Designer
Center for New Designs in
Learning and Scholarship
Georgetown University

Marla Misunas
Manager, Collections Database
Collections Information & Access
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Lawrence Monda
Senior Programer / Analyst
National Museums of Kenya

Joan Nordbotten
Associate Professor
Department of Information Science
University of Bergen

Aileen O'Riordan
Online Project Manager
Collections & Research
National Maritime Museum
United Kingdom

Anne Robinson
Content and Web Site Manager
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Heather Rostker
Project Manager/Exhibit Developer
Office of Exhibits
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Kevin Sumption
Associate Director
Knowledge Information Management
Powerhouse Museum

Conflict of Interest

No site will be considered for a Best of the Web Award, if a judge is associated with it in any way.