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URL: http://www.cosi.org/
City / Country: Columbus - Ohio / USA
Theme: Science & Technology
Languages: English
Platforms: Web
Web: accessibility Not specified - CSS 2.1 validated
Mission: "COSI provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences" (http://www.cosi.org/about/mission/) 
Outstanding features: Website strongly oriented to communicate and reinforce the pedagogic activity of the museum, related to science & technology.

Maps


http://www.cosi.org/visitors/map/
Interactive map (static image with clickable areas).
After user clicks on the clickable areas, he is directed to pages with specific information.

Exhibitions


http://www.cosi.org/visitors/exhibits/

Contains information about permanent exhibits:
- General info
GOOD PRACTICE Contains a basic html activity to practice and understand exhibit's contents and goals.
GOOD PRACTICE Contains links to external resources (additional information), so user can prepare his visit.
 
No online exhibitions.

Resources


Main online resources are related to exhibits' info and activities.

GOOD PRACTICE Videoconferencing
http://www.cosi.org/educators/videoconferencing/
It connects students with scientists, doctors, and experts in diverse fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with a school or from COSI.
It contains an Online Reservation System.

Online activities


Educational activities are one of the strongest points of this site.
Activities are available at:

Visit > online activities

http://www.cosi.org/visitors/online-activities/ Introduced as an extension of the educational experiences that the user can find at the museum.
Contains links to interactive activities (flash) specifically designed for the website.

Learn > classroom & online activities

http://www.cosi.org/educators/activities/ Contains a link to online activities, and a collection of html-based  worksheets that allow users to perform activities at home or at school.
WEAK POINT Not print-friendly version.

Visit planning


http://www.cosi.org/visitors/plan-your-visit/

Contains general information about visit details: hours, directions and other.

Daily itineraries

GOOD PRACTICE
http://www.cosi.org/visitors/plan-your-visit/itinerary/

Contains itineraries specially suggested for kids, according to their age range. 
User can click on an age range...  

... to obtain information about his suggested itinerary, the expected duration of the visit , and partial duration of each activity.

Clickable calendar

http://www.cosi.org/calendar/?m=04&y=2009
User can click on the calendar to get information about each day's activities.

Visit follow-up


All follow-up resources are related to 2.0 sharing tools. Available at http://www.cosi.org/share/

Online community


No restricted area only to registered users.

Share

GOOD PRACTICE
http://www.cosi.org/share/ Contains links to all external 2.0 tools that support communities and resources created by the museum:
• Facebook
• Twitter
• YouTube
• Flickr
• WebShots
• WordPress (blog)
• Podcasts
• Ning

Bookmarks

GOOD PRACTICE
http://www.cosi.org/share/

Mobile features


No features for mobile devices.

Searching & browsing


Conventional browsing behavior based on a main top menu, and a secondary menu on the page left side.

Simple search.
Not advanced search.
WEAK POINT Search tool design changes from home to secondary pages.

Site map

http://www.cosi.org/sitemap/
Site index (clickable hierarchical tree)

Subscription


No RSS or similar subscription options.
Newsletter just available for members (http://www.cosi.org/members/member-news/)

Online transactions


Membership


http://www.supportcosi.org/join/
Form to join, renew or buy a membership

Donate to COSI

http://www.supportcosi.org/donate/
Form

Buy gala tickets


http://www.supportcosi.org/gala/
Form

Shop


http://www.cosi.org/store/
This section gathers all site's transaction options: buy tickets, membership and donations. It also includes an access to the museum's shop.

Videoconferencing online reservation system


https://education.cosi.org/eers/
Users can make a reservation for  a videoconference session.
Secure server.
Only available to registered users.

 
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