Earlier studies describing and categorising the development of museum websites either build on theoretical knowledge or the analysis of a qualitative sample of relatively few, but prominent museum websites. The present study takes a broader approach and aims to characterise the development across Danish museum websites through the years 2005–2020. The methodological approach is a diachronic (temporal) analysis of Danish museum websites using data extracted from the Danish Web. A cluster anal-ysis was used to identify similarities between museum websites. The cluster analysis shows that the museum website representations possess distinct attributes pivotal to their degree of resemblance with others, such as collection type, geographical location, organisational structure and whether the communication and dis-semination strategy focus on disseminating collection content or extends to a broader communication scope. However, the quantitative text analysis approach to studying archived museum web-sites did not identified a new typology. Instead, the study suggests how a cluster analysis of the Danish museum web sphere can constitute an initial step in comprehending domain development, and ultimately discerning the attributes that characterise the different museum website clusters
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternet Histories
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Archived web
  • cluster analysis
  • internet history
  • museum websites


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