While Mouseia is dedicated
to providing a place for scholarly inquiry into developments in the field
of museums studies and museology, the site is an opportunity for professionals,
students and communities of cultural workers to connect with each other, to
both utilize the legacy of museums, and work towards a future in which museums
embody their public service roles, while using the articipatory power of
the web and all the tools of multimedia.
Welcome to Mouseia...
...the online resource centre for museologists and museum professionals.
Mouseia, a "festival of the Muses." Mouseia lends an online presence to the
core of thinking that has defined museology as discipline and praxis, while
utilizing all that the web can avail in engaging multimedia communication,
and leading peer-review scholarly publication.
We are committed to diverse perspectives of museum ideas and practice, and
global as well as local stories.
results are a
; a forum; and a publishing place for critical academic and professional discourse.
The site contains bibliographies
of museum literature, links to research resources and online materials like
, discussions and links to innovations
in the field and integrates new, multimedia resources. Its purpose is the
exchange of ideas, in order to create a location for scholarly community building
among museologists, while utilizing the best
features for connecting via the web. Mouseia will provide opportunities for
museum professionals, academics, and cultural workers to interact, discuss
and develop concepts around heritage, culture, arts, science and the roles
of museums as both symbols and stewards of expressions of human identity,
memory and creativity.
papers, reports, etc.
including best practices, new
media museum work.
and virtual museums.
In addition, Mouseia will provide
online peer-review publishing
of academic and professional museum work, to include papers, texts, theses,
bibliographies, essays, comments, examples of best practices, case studies,
and so on, while using the full potential of multimedia environment of the
web to include digital images, sound, video as well as text.
was first made available online in February 2000 following a first phase of
work funded by the University of Toronto Provostial Information Technology
Courseware Development Fund. Additional elements will be added as the project
enters its second phase, so please bookmark the site and visit regularly.
We hope that you will join in offering material or offer comments.
the summer of 2001, we began the process of building our advisory board,
editorial board and core editorial team for the purpose of building Mouseia
into the next phase of development to include active multimedia based peer
If you are interested in sponsoring this nonprofit
web site, please contact, Lynne
If you are interested in discussing issues
re: museology/museum studies or if you wish to highlight some research material,
literature or projects,
go to the Museology Forum,
this mode, you may leave messages for others and see theirs.
Phase I Project Team
(Web Design and Content Development)
Mensch, Reinwardt Academie, Netherlands
Copyright 2001. Last updated January 2003.
Questions, comments or suggestions? Please contact
Museum Studies Program, U. of T
The Museum Studies Program, University of Toronto site