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Changes in Cultural Consumption: Ethnographic Collections in Wikipedia

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  • Trilce Navarrete

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    (Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark)

  • Karol Jan Borowiecki

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

Visits to museums have been studied as hedonic and utilitarian forms of cultural consumption, though limited attention has been given to the access of museum collections online. We perform a unique historic analysis of the visibility of collections in a museum of ethnographic collections and compare 100 years of onsite visits to 5 years online visits. We find two main results: first, access to collections increased substantially online. From a selection of objects available both onsite and online, access grew from an average of 156,000 onsite visitors per year to over 1.5 million views online per year. Onsite, 15.5 million people visited the museum in a spam of a century while online, 7.9 million people viewed collections in only the last 5 years. Second, we find a difference in consumer preference for type of object, favouring 3D onsite and 2D online (photographs of objects, particularly when showing them being used). Results support understanding of online heritage consumption and emerging dynamics, particularly outside of an institutional environment, such as Wikipedia.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2016
Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep1716
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