ERIC Number: ED482076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Design and Analysis of Virtual Museums.
Falquet, Gilles; Guyot, Jacques; Nerima, Luka; Park, Seongbin
Using the same data, which could come from local databases or external sources, such as the Web, virtual museum designers can build different hyperspaces. It is possible that visitors would find some of them more useful than others. Virtual museums designers should be equipped with a tool by which various hyperspaces for virtual museums can be easily designed and examined. This paper views a virtual museum as a hypertext that consists of nodes and links and shows that a database publishing tool called Lazy, which generates a hypertext view (derived hypertext) of a given database, can be used for designing virtual museums. The Lazy system consists of a declarative hypertext view specification language, a node schema compiler, and a node server that processes node requests. Since the language is purely declarative, it is fairly easy to construct and revise hyperspaces for a virtual museum. With this tool it becomes possible to adopt an iterative design methodology. Given a database for a virtual museum, first constructed is a hypertext using the procedure (Falquet & al., 1999) called an initial structure. The initial structure is then analyzed and possible refinement operations that can enhance the usability of the created hypertext are examined. For that purpose, a simple graph-based analysis is used, and kinds of analysis that can be done using the graph-based approach are shown. Once the structure is refined using the refinement operations, grammar-based formalism (Park, 1998) is applied to the refined structure to see whether a simpler grammar can be obtained, one that can generate the same hyperspace. The goal is to explore various analysis techniques on the hypertext and give insights into designing a good hyperspace using the analysis results. Includes six figures. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), Data Analysis, Database Design, Design Preferences, Designers, Hypermedia, Museums, User Needs (Information)
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