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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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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