Museum web sites seem to know no bounds. Unlike a museum building where
one exhibition must be dismantled to make room for the next, cyberspace
is free of such physical constraints. As a result, virtual-museum developers
just keep adding more and more content. But have they ever looked at
their site from the perspective of the cyber visitor, the person trying
to make sense of the daunting amount of information and of choices,
the person suffering from chronic cyber fatique? At the Canadian Museum
of Civilization, host to one of the largest virtual museum sites in
the world, we are thinking about ways to make our cybersite intellectually
manageable. The latest tool to be developed is a thematic guided tour.
The tour allows visitors entering through the 'front door' of the site
to receive a stress-free sampling of what's to be had within. Susan
McLeod O'Reilly will speak to this latest interpretive device by providing
the rationale behind its development, details on its appearance and
the results of test-marketing.