Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

Nicole Martensen

I put this proposal together as part of my final coursework for my Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology. The original proposal was developed for a specific museum, but I reworked it a tad to be more broadly applicable.


Virtual collections require special considerations apart from their physical form. Although some consider a virtual collection to be a representation of the collection, others would argue it is an entirely different type of digital artifact (Morgan 2012). There are many approached available for how to digitize and present collections, and there are even more considerations for how to share. To design a collection that will be well-used and shared, I propose a five-stage user experience research and design project.

The theoretical and methodological perspectives for this study are drawn from concepts of digital public archaeology, museum visitor experience, and user experience. Digital archaeology illuminates shifting perspectives of contemporary archaeology and classical…

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