Museums and Digital Culture

New Perspectives and Research

  • Tula Giannini
  • Jonathan P.  Bowen

Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tula Giannini, Jonathan P. Bowen
      Pages 3-26
    3. Tula Giannini, Jonathan P. Bowen
      Pages 27-46
  3. Philosophy and Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Tula Giannini, Jonathan P. Bowen
      Pages 63-90
    3. Tula Giannini
      Pages 91-111
  4. Exhibitions

  5. Collections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Patrícia Falcão, Tom Ensom
      Pages 231-251
    3. Stuart Dunn, Graeme Earl, Anna Foka, Will Wootton
      Pages 253-271
  6. Audiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Catherine Devine, Matt Tarr
      Pages 295-307
    3. Giuliano Gaia, Stefania Boiano, Ann Borda
      Pages 309-329
  7. Digital Artists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Ernest Edmonds, Francesca Franco
      Pages 367-379
    3. Carla Gannis, Tula Giannini
      Pages 381-397
    4. Rachel Ara, Tula Giannini
      Pages 399-414
  8. Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Bruce Wands
      Pages 417-434
    3. Tula Giannini, Jonathan P. Bowen
      Pages 457-480
  9. Libraries and Archives

  10. Digital Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 507-507
    2. Seb Chan, Courtney Johnston, Tula Giannini
      Pages 509-521
    3. Ann Borda, Jonathan P. Bowen
      Pages 523-549
    4. Jonathan P. Bowen, Tula Giannini
      Pages 551-577
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 579-590

About this book


This book explores how digital culture is transforming museums in the 21st century. Offering a corpus of new evidence for readers to explore, the authors trace the digital evolution of the museum and that of their audiences, now fully immersed in digital life, from the Internet to home and work. In a world where life in code and digits has redefined human information behavior and dominates daily activity and communication, ubiquitous use of digital tools and technology is radically changing the social contexts and purposes of museum exhibitions and collections, the work of museum professionals and the expectations of visitors, real and virtual.

Moving beyond their walls, with local and global communities, museums are evolving into highly dynamic, socially aware and relevant institutions as their connections to the global digital ecosystem are strengthened. As they adopt a visitor-centered model and design visitor experiences, their priorities shift to engage audiences, convey digital collections, and tell stories through exhibitions. This is all part of crafting a dynamic and innovative museum identity of the future, made whole by seamless integration with digital culture, digital thinking, aesthetics, seeing and hearing, where visitors are welcomed participants.

The international and interdisciplinary chapter contributors include digital artists, academics, and museum professionals. In themed parts the chapters present varied evidence-based research and case studies on museum theory, philosophy, collections, exhibitions, libraries, digital art and digital future, to bring new insights and perspectives, designed to inspire readers. Enjoy the journey!


Museums Digital Culture Digital Heritage Information Science Digital Art Computational Culture Museum Libraries Museum Informatics

Editors and affiliations

  • Tula Giannini
    • 1
  • Jonathan P.  Bowen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of InformationPratt InstituteNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of EngineeringLondon South Bank UniversityLondonUK

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