I have to concur. Interesting but not really appropriate.
I've always been impressed by smartmoney.com's very clever use of Java applets to provide interactive and intuitive views on all sorts of market data. However, I'm not at all convinced their Map of the Market metaphor is suited for organizing historical exhibits -- there are too many dimensions (category keywords) to map into a 2d grid, and while being able to quickly highlight exhibits matching various combinations of categorizations, the graphical distribution across the grid doesn't convey convey any useful information, and having to mouseover or zoom in on the display to see the names of the exhibits limits its usefulness as a simple keyword search mechanism. Also, the applet doesn't quite fit into the bounding box on my (unix) browser, I may be missing several of the categories on top of the grid.
The exhibits themselves (ordinary HTML pages) are quite well presented and often provide links to additional information. Allowing your visitors to "rate" the exhibits seems of limited usefulness, except to give the exhibitors a better idea of what the public likes. Too bad the site is so slow just now -- I'd have browsed some more, but two minutes to load a page is too long to wait.
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