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GIS for Preservation of Outdoor Collections


Presentation given at the 2010 Museum Computer Network annual conference.

Presentation given at the 2010 Museum Computer Network annual conference.

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  • 1. Museums Without Walls Deborah Boyer Azavea Museum Computer Network October 29, 2010
  • 2. Stories from the Square 2251 N. 2nd Street Photo from
  • 3. Peace Through Imagination – 4th and Monroe
  • 4. Tribute to Trades and Labor – 1217 Spring Garden
  • 5. Each of these murals is intimately tied to a location. Photo from
  • 6. View in Google Street View
  • 7. GIS for Preservation • Track geographically disparate assets or items • Use geography to assist with surveying collections • Search for geographic trends in deterioration of assets • Plan preservation activities
  • 8. First Rule for Preservation? Know what you have
  • 9. Tracking the Geography of your Collection • Track where your assets are located • Ranges from noting an address to more complex shapefiles • Display assets geographically to find new information
  • 10. Muralfarm Survey Tool • Stripped down design for quick loading in the field • Mapping capabilities • Data loaded into Muralfarm for review • Approved data automatically updated to mural record
  • 11. Geographic Trends • Look for trends in deterioration of outdoor sites • Discover possible insights into vandalism patterns • Note sites that have a tendency toward deterioration Photo from
  • 12. Plan Preservation Activities • Efficiently distribute staff and resources for preservation measures • Use geographic information for seeking funding Photo from
  • 13. Did Someone Say Funding?!?!
  • 14. Encouraging Public Involvement with Outdoor Collections • Favorites • Bookmarks • RSS feeds • Scan requests • Error reports • Public commenting Photo from
  • 15. Save, View, and Tag Favorite Photos
  • 16. So what do I do? • Track locations • Map those locations to find new data or ideas • Brainstorm methods for connecting to your audience via location Photo from
  • 17. Questions? Deborah Boyer Project Manager, Azavea Twitter: @debsting