The Digital Footprints and Search Pathways project has been funded as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Towards a National Collection programme for new digital research into the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage sector.
The project will study the digital footprints of users in two national collections – National Museums of Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland – to explore:
- how people engaged with heritage collections during the lockdown/post-lockdown period;
- whether the lockdown changed digital access patterns;
- which collections/objects drew more users; and
- where users are accessing these: through the institutions websites, or through external platforms like Google Arts and Culture, Youtube, etc