ExFiles: An Online Science Exhibit Community

Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2006 to Monday, December 31, 2012
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Websites, Mobile Apps, and Online Media, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Resource Centers and Networks
Audience: 
Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM
Organization:
Association of Science-Technology Centers
Description: 

Following their experience with the 2003 NSF-funded conference, "Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development," the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is creating for informal science education practitioners a dynamic online system, "ExFiles," for contributing to, using and conducting communications about a database on exhibitions. At least 1,000 practitioners are expected to use the site over the course of the three-year project, which will be sustained by ASTC after the grant period. The website is being populated initially with a set of at least 40 exhibitions representing a variety of scientific domains, sizes and interpretive and design strategies. Promotion of the site is being assisted by several associations: National Association of Museum Exhibitions, Association of Children's Museums, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, American Zoo and Aquarium Association and the European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
ISE/AISL
Award Number: 
0540261
Funding Amount: 
843984

Team Members

Wendy PollockFormer Principal Investigator
Wendy HancockWendy HancockPrincipal Investigator
Kathleen McLeanKathleen McLeanCo-Principal Investigator

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