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squareMUSEI PUBBLICI E ACCESSIBILITÀ WEB IN ITALIA
PANORAMICA E SONDAGGI

Tiziano Antognozzi, Alberto Guiggiani

 

Alberto Guiggiani The communication on the web is finally becoming a priority on the agenda of museums around the world, encouraging a fruitful dialogue between two entities that likewise finds in universality their raison d'etre. Ensuring access for all users and citizens represents therefore an equal necessity.

Taking from this stastement, this paper studies the problem of Web Accessibility for Italian museums websites, trying to define the issue through three different perspectives: technological, legal and museological. All three dimensions provides special rules whose interaction is anything but linear.

To provide a scenario, this paper also introduces a survey on Web Accessibility within websites of the 30 most visited museums, monuments and archaeological sites in Italy, according to the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali. The extracted data shows results that refer directly to the issues of outsourcing and public accountability. Awareness of all the subjects involved, from web designers to directors, proved to be an urgent need for Italian institutions dealing with cultural heritage.

 

Keywords: accessibility, museology, web, internet, accountability, legislation, outsourcing, survey, W3C