1st Edition

Digital Access and Museums as Platforms

By Caroline Wilson-Barnao Copyright 2022
    106 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    106 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Digital Access and Museums as Platforms draws on interviews with museum practitioners, along with a range of case studies from public and private institutions, in order to investigate the tensions and benefits involved in making cultural collections available using digital technologies.

    Taking a media and critical studies approach to the museum and raising questions about the role of privately owned search engines in facilitating museum experiences, the book questions who collects what, for whom objects are collected and what purpose these objects and collections serve. Connecting fieldwork undertaken in Australia and New Zealand with the global practices of technology companies, Wilson-Barnao brings attention to an emerging new model of digital ownership and moderation. Considering the synergising of these institutions with media systems, which are now playing a more prominent role in facilitating access to culture, the book also explores the motivations of different cultural workers for constructing the museum as a mediatised location.

    Digital Access and Museums as Platforms will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of museum studies, art, culture, media studies and digital humanities. Weighing in on conversations about how technologies are being incorporated into museums, the book should also be useful to practitioners working in museums and galleries around the world.

    List of Figures


    Chapter 1 Introduction: From the analogue to digital museum

    Chapter 2 The logic of open access to culture

    Chapter 3 From sensory to sensing museum

    Chapter 4 From museum to platform

    Chapter 5 Negotiating museums as platforms



    Caroline Wilson-Barnao is a lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland and completed her PhD in 2017. Her career spans two decades of experience in communication and marketing, supporting non-profit, arts organisations and in the corporate sector. She currently teaches in theory and practical subjects. Her research takes a critical focus on the use of digital media in museums, and in 2019 she filled the position of acting director of the master of museum studies program at the University of Queensland.