March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Best of the Web: Judges' Guidelines

The Best of the Web Judges will review sites in nominated categories, and rate them according to the following Evaluation Criteria.

Version 1.0 - J. Trant, September 2, 2005

(pending input from the MW2006 Judges)

The Categories

The Best of the Web judges consider Web sites nominated in each of the following categories: On-line Exhibition, E-Services or E-Commerce , Educational Use, Innovative or Experimental Application, Museum Professional's Site, Research Site. In addition, the Judges select the Best Overall Museum Site, from all sites nominated.

The Judging Process

Each judge will review sites in a particular category (or categories) and then participate in the selection of the Best of the Web. Criteria for evaluation are outlined below.

First Stage: Preliminary Category Review
Deadline: January 31, 2006

In the Preliminary Review:

Second Stage: Semi-Final Category Winners
Deadline: February 28, 2006

Third Stage: Best of the Web
Deadline: March 15, 2006

Evaluation Criteria

All sites will be evaluated using the same set of criteria. Judges will assign a score from zero (0) to five (5) points in each of the following areas, to create a total score out of twenty-five (25). In addition, judges will offer written comments on the sites.


Reflect on the information or experience delivered by the site. Was the content or experience offered:


Assess the choice of technology and functions used to deliver the site's content and build the site's construction.

Was the technology chosen:

--Interface: Visual Design and Usability--

Consider the way that the site was presented visually. How was the site designed? Was the visual presentation of the site:


Review the ways in which the site took advantage of the Web, explored relationships between objects or ideas, and encouraged the user to engage with the content presented, with the sponsoring institution, and/or with other users. Did the site:


Consider the impact the site had on you.

Sources Consulted

CIDOC Multimedia Working Group, Multimedia Evaluation Criteria, 199.7 Revised Draft, J. Trant, Chair. Available

Webby Awards, Judging Criteria. 2004. Available

Public History Resource Center.
. Evaluating Web Sites. 2000.Debra DeRuyver, Jennifer Evans, James Melzer and Emma Wilmer. Available
. Rating System for Evaluating Public History Web Sites. Debra DeRuyver, Jennifer Evans, James Melzner and Emma Wilmer. April 30, 2000. Available

Carleton Center for Public History. Canadian History Website Reviews - Notes for contributors. (n.d.) Available:

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