Title:On-Line Exhibit Design: The Socio-Technological Impact of Building a Museum over the World Wide Web
Authors:Paul Marty
Publication:MW99: Museums and the Web 1999

In this demonstration, we will illustrate the way in which advanced information technology is currently being employed at the University of Illinois to transmit important and timely data concerning museum artifacts to the exhibit designers and architects working on the construction of a new museum facility: the Spurlock Museum (a museum of world culture and history). Thanks to the implementation of brand-new information systems custom-designed for the new museum, comprehensive data about all 40,000 cultural and ethnographic artifacts in the museum’s collection is being distributed over the Internet in a fashion intended to keep those designing the new museum up-to-date with regard to artifact specifications. The resulting product, the Virtual Spurlock Museum, is a series of HTML pages and CGI scripting that links to the museum