Designing Art History Web Sites Presentor - Steve Feld
When the students at John F. Kennedy began the Mona Lisa Web Site for Thinkquest in 1997, along with our partners in Sweden, it was an Art History centered web site.
Its primary original focus was to demonstrate the theory about Mona Lisa identity advanced by Lillian Schwartz and to present original da Vinci music.
The site was designed with accessibility in mind. Not only was it programmed to be viewable with any browser, but also to be accessible to the hearing impaired. These features were included to attract the largest possible audience and to be most inclusive.
This strategy included acquiring links from museums and art collections to provide web based knowledge resources for research driven audiences.
We carefully logged all pertinent events and shared information about them within our resource. As the project evolved the original team of students was complemented by content, instructional and corporate partnerships. We maintained detailed records of those contributions and partnerships forged, as well as citations and accolades received for our project. .
Our collaborators joined our team. They brought new theories with contrasting views. We included divergent view points and then compared and contrasted them through scientific inquiry.