The Development of Science Museum Web Sites: Case Studies…

The Development of Science Museum Web Sites: Case Studies…

Jonathan P. Bowen (London South Bank University, UK), Jim Angus (National Institute of Health, USA), Jim Bennet (University of Oxford, UK), Ann Borda (The Science Museum, UK), Andrew Hodges (University of Oxford, UK), Silvia Filippini-Fantoni (The University of Paris I Sorbonne, France) and Alpay Beler (The Science Museum, UK)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-591-7.ch018
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Abstract

Science museums have embraced the technology of the Web to present their resources online. The nature of the technology naturally fits with the ethos of science. This chapter surveys the history, development and features of a number of contrasting pioneering museum Web sites in the field of science that have been early adopters of the technology. This includes case studies of Web sites associated with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, the Science Museum in London and the completely virtual Alan Turing Home Page. The purpose is to demonstrate a diverse set of successful scientifically-oriented Web sites related to science museums and the history of science, giving an insight into Web developments in this area over the past decade.

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Foreword
Bill Peters
Preface
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Acknowledgments
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam
Chapter 1
Billie J. Jones
The concept of identification from the field of communication studies is used in this chapter to discuss the ways to, and the benefits of... Sample PDF
Establishing Identification in Virtual Science Museums: Creating Connections and Community
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Chapter 2
Kathryn Haley Goldman, Lynn D. Dierking
Societies are in the midst of change, witnessing an explosion in out-of-school learning. From the proliferation of educational programming through... Sample PDF
Free-Choice Learning Research and the Virtual Science Center: Establishing a Record Agenda
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Chapter 3
Andreas Zimmerman, Andreas Lorenze, Marcus Specht
Today it is not enough just to supply content without the consideration of the recipient, his/her current task and situation. Therefore the time... Sample PDF
Contextualized Virtual Science Centers
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Chapter 4
Bronwyn Bevan
This chapter examines attributes of learning in informal environments, using a research framework developed by the Center for Informal Learning and... Sample PDF
Starting With What We Know: A CILS Framework for Moving from Physical to Virtual Science Learning Environments
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Chapter 5
Susan Hazan
Drawing on Bruno Latour, this chapter argues that science and technology need to be replaced into social context dissolving the artificial... Sample PDF
Weaving Science Webs: E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers
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Chapter 6
Janette R. Hill, Michael J. Hannafin, Denise P. Domizi
Recent changes in the role of resources have not only transformed how we think about resources, they have distributed production of and access to... Sample PDF
Resource-Based Learning and Informal Learning Environments: Prospects and Challenges
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Chapter 7
Michael Douma, Horace Dediu
This chapter shares our observations, research, and experience with creating interactivity. We explore useful techniques for creating interactive... Sample PDF
Interactivity Techniques: Practical Suggestions for Interactive Science Web Sites
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Chapter 8
Steven Allison-Bunnell, David T. Schaller
This chapter proposes a series of strategies for recreating science center exhibits online. It argues that while physical and electronic exhibits... Sample PDF
From the Physical to the Virtual: Bringing Free-Choice Science Education Online
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Chapter 9
Anja Hoffman, Stefan Gobel, Oliver Schneider, Ido Iurgel
Within this chapter, the authors — all members of the Digital Storytelling group at ZGDV Darmstadt e.V. — provide an overview of the potential of... Sample PDF
Storytelling-Based Edutainment Applications
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Chapter 10
Ramesh Srinivasan
This chapter points to the potential new information architectures hold in the design of virtual science centers. Science centers are treated as... Sample PDF
Revolutionizing Information Architectures within Learning-Focused Web Sites
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Chapter 11
Joan C. Nordbotten
Concurrently, large multimedia databases, termed content databases, are being created to store and manage digital representations of a museum’s... Sample PDF
From Information Dissemination to Information Gathering: Using Virtual Exhibits and Content Databases in E-Learning Centers
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Chapter 12
Renata Piazzalunga, Saulo Faria Almeida Barretto
In this chapter we will discuss some fundamental questions concerning creation and development of interfaces searching for the best way to promote... Sample PDF
Challenges in Virtual Environment Design: An Architectural Approach to Virtual Spaces
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Chapter 13
Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Jonathan P. Bowen, Teresa Numerico
E-learning has the potential to be a very personalized experience and can be tailored to the individual involved. So far, science museums have yet... Sample PDF
Personalization Issues for Science Museum Web Sites and E-learning
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Chapter 14
John Falco, Patricia Barbanell, Dianna Newman, Suzanne Dewald
A model for partnership with virtual science content providers creates technology-infused science curriculum using interactive videoconferencing... Sample PDF
E-Learning and Virtual Science Centers: Designing Technology Supported Curriculum
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Chapter 15
Nicoletta Di Blas, Paolo Paolini, Caterina Poggi
SEE, Shrine Educational Experience, represents an example of how Internet and multimedia technologies can effectively be exploited to deliver... Sample PDF
A Virtual Museum Where Students Can Learn
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Chapter 16
Hannu Salmi
This chapter describes the changes in the role of informal learning education in science centres. It shows by several cases how the rapid... Sample PDF
Open Learning Environments: Combining Web-Based Virtual and Hands-On Science Center Learning
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Chapter 17
Leo Tan Wee Hin, R. Subramaniam, Daniel Tan Teck Meng
Log analysis of server data has been used to study the Web site of the Singapore Science Center, which is the largest Web site among all science... Sample PDF
Use of Log Analysis and Text Mining for Simple Knowledge Extraction: Case Study of a Science Center on the Web
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Chapter 18
Jonathan P. Bowen, Jim Angus, Jim Bennet, Ann Borda, Andrew Hodges, Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Alpay Beler
Science museums have embraced the technology of the Web to present their resources online. The nature of the technology naturally fits with the... Sample PDF
The Development of Science Museum Web Sites: Case Studies…
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Chapter 19
Roxane Bernier
This chapter looks at ways of examining informal e-learning environments to address innovative pedagogy, from two well-known institutions, where the... Sample PDF
The Educational Approach of Virtual Science Centers: Two Web Cast Studies (The Exploratorium and La Cite des Sciences et del'Industrie)
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Chapter 20
Jim Spadaccini
Almost since the inception of the World Wide Web, scientific images in a variety of fields of study have been publicly available. However, in most... Sample PDF
Real Science: Making Connections to Research and Scientific Data
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