Participatory and professional interchange

Participatory and professional interchange in digital museum practice

Project partners

Postdoc, PhD Rikke Haller Baggesen; Associate Professor, PhD Michael Haldrup, Roskilde University; and RAGNAROCK museum

Project period

1 August 2016 - 31 July 2019

Digital technologies not only contribute to changes in museums’ physical and virtual modes of communication, they also inspire new types of exchange between museums and their public, for example when users are invited to participate as co-collectors. In this process, practices of collection and mediation become merged, while conventional museum practices and professional divides are renegotiated. The project focuses on this development by examining the interplay between collection and communication, experience and education, and user participation and professional practice in a digital museum context. Furthermore, the project considers how digital collection practices affect professional museum roles and also reflect on the options and obstacles in practice-based museum research. In empirical terms, the project analyzes, co-designs and evaluates the digital co-collection platform Rock traces (Rockspor) located at the Ragnarock Museum. We apply a mixed-method approach encompassing participant observations, interviews and interventions with adult online users. The iterative co-development process focuses on a joint formation of user experiences and relevant content.