The ‘Met’ experiment

INN533 – Information Organisation

WEEK TWO: Reflections on a user journey.

Observing a search effort by M. Stevens attempting to locate information about a work in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art (“the Met”) confirmed for me the main themes of the foundational readings for INN533. The Met online search function is limited to text and curatorial categories, no “advanced” search functionality, and no “help” section explaining how to search. Stevens, not an expert in art or search technology, faced what I regarded as a serious challenge in locating the print and information on it, working only from an untitled digital copy (figure 1).

Figure 1: the image for which more information was being sought.  Honoré Daumiere's 'The Connoisseur', c. 1860-1865.
Figure 1: the image for which more information was being sought. Honoré Daumiere’s ‘The Connoisseur’, c. 1860-1865.

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