Virtual Library museums pages

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The Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp) formed an early leading directory of online museums around the world.[1] The resource was founded by Jonathan Bowen in 1994, originally at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory in the United Kingdom.[2][3] It has been supported by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and Museophile Limited.[4][5] The main site moved to London South Bank University in the early 2000s and is now hosted as a wiki on Wikia.[6]

The directory was developed and organized in a distributed manner by country, with around twenty people in different countries maintaining various sections. Canada, through the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN),[7] was the first country to become involved. The MDA maintained the United Kingdom section of museums,[8] later the Collections Trust.[9] The Historisches Centrum Hagen has maintained and hosted pages for Germany.[10] Other countries actively participating included Romania.[11] In total, around 20 countries were involved.[4]

The directory was influential in the museum field during the 1990s and 2000s.[12][13] It was used as a standard starting point to find museums online.[14] It was useful for monitoring the growth of museums internationally online.[15] It was also used for online museum surveys.[16][17] It was recommended as an educational resource.[18][19]

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  1. ^ Turner, Nancy B. (1999). "Virtual Library Museums Pages". Electronic Resources Review. 3 (2). Emerald Group Publishing. pp. 27–28. ISSN 1364-5137. 
  2. ^ Bowen, Jonathan P. (2002). "Weaving the Museum Web: The Virtual Library museums pages". Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems. 36 (4). pp. 236–252. 
  3. ^ Bowen, Jonathan P. (1997). Bearman, David; Trant, Jennifer, eds. "The Virtual Library museums pages (VLmp): Whence and Whither?". Museums and the Web, 1997: Selected Papers. Archives & Museum Informatics, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 203, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232-2311, USA. pp. 9–25. 
  4. ^ a b "Virtual Library museums pages". International Council of Museums. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "VLmp: The Virtual Library museums pages". ICOM News: Newsletter of the International Council of Museums. 52 (1&2). 1999. p. 9. 
  6. ^ Virtual Library museums pages on MuseumsWiki.
  7. ^ "Reference Internet Resources – Quick Reference – Museums/Galleries". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Museums around the UK on the Web". MDA. 2008. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Museums around the UK on the Web". Collections Trust. 2010. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Online Activities". Germany: Historisches Centrum Hagen. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  11. ^ Oberlaender-Tarnoveanu, L. (1999). "CIMEC – A Web Site for Romanian Archaeology: Dissemination by Integration" (PDF). Bar International Series. 750. pp. 169–174. 
  12. ^ Trant, Jennifer (1999). "When all you've got is "The Real Thing": Museums and authenticity in the networked world". Archives and Museum Informatics. 12 (2). pp. 107–125. doi:10.1023/A:1009041909517. 
  13. ^ Tedd, Lucy A. (2006). "Program: a record of the first 40 years of electronic library and information systems". Program. 40 (1). pp. 11–26. doi:10.1108/00330330610646780. 
  14. ^ Veltman, Kim H. (2002). "Challenges of virtual and digital culture" (PDF). Proc. 3rd Eur. Conf. Employment and Cultural Heritage, Economic Development and New Technologies in the Information and Knowledge Society. 
  15. ^ Veltman, Kim H. (2001). Valentino, P.; Mossetto, G., eds. "Developments in Virtual Museums ("La crescita nel settore dei musei virtuali")" (PDF). Museo contro museo. Le strategie, gli strumenti, i risultati (in Italian). Giunti, Firenze. 
  16. ^ Hertzum, Morten (1999). "A review of museum web sites: in search of user-centred design". Archives and Museum Informatics. 12 (2). pp. 127–138. doi:10.1023/A:1009009104685. 
  17. ^ Flor, Carla; Vanzin, Tarcisco; Ulbricht, Vania Ribas. "Virtual Museums: Diagnosis Accessibility ("Museus Virtuais: Diagnóstico de Acessibilidade")". Hipermídias: Interfaces Digitais em Ead. pp. 126–152, 187–189. 
  18. ^ Mohta, Viraf D. (1997). The World Wide Web For Kids & Parents. Wiley. p. 106. ISBN 978-0764500985. 
  19. ^ Provenzo, Eugene F.; Gotthoffer, Doug (2000). Quick guide to the Internet for education. Allyn and Bacon. p. 104. ISBN 978-0205309627. 

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