Museums and the Web 2005
Best of the Web Awards
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Recognizing achievement in heritage Web site design, a committee of museum professionals selects the Best of the Web each year.

And the winner is ...

Nominations and Categories

Museum Web sites from around the world were nominated in a variety of categories and are judged by an independent panel of judges. The categories are:

Judging Criteria

  • The judges will all use the same set of Criteria when reviewing nominated sites.


Chair: Jennifer Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics

Confirmed Judges:

Jim Angus, National Institutes of Health, USA
Pat Barbanell, Schenectady City Schools, USA
Karen Bellnier, American Association of Museums, USA
Manfred Bogen, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany
Ann Borda, London South Bank University, United Kingdom (withdrawn after Stage 1)
Cynthia Copeland, New York Historical Society
Jim Devine, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland
Leni Donlan, Library of Congress, USA
Karen Elinich, Franklin Institute, USA
David Greenfield, Independent, USA
Kate Haley Goldman, Institute for Learning Innovation, USA
Katherine Jones, Harvard University, USA
Marjo Mäenpää, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
Susannah McGowan, Georgetown University, USA
Marla Misunas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
Dana Mitroff, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Lawrence Monda, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya
Delphin Muise, Carleton University, Canada
Joan Nordbotten, University of Bergen, Norway
Kathy Talley Jones, Independent, USA
Bruce Wyman, Denver Art Museum, USA

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. Nominated sites will be reviewed before judging begins to assure no conflicts exist.

Contest Winners

The winners of the Best of the Web awards are announced at the conference, each year. The list will be available on April 15, 2005.

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
2004 Conservation Central (Smithsonian's National Zoo)