Digitization and Strategies for Sharing Museum Collections Online

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Digitization of museum collections is on the most effective means of providing greater access to museum holdings. However, the effort to digitize must include a vision and strategy for increasing …

Digitization of museum collections is on the most effective means of providing greater access to museum holdings. However, the effort to digitize must include a vision and strategy for increasing access to museum collections. The collective effort of cultural institutions to digitize and share their collections is an effective tool for meeting institutional goals and public demand.

Presented at Florida Association of Museums Annual Conference in 2009. Session also included presentations from four other panelists.

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  • 1. Digitization & Strategies for Sharing Museum Collections Online:
    Access to
    Ringling Collections
    Jessie Christian
    Tibbals Digital Collection Manager
    Van Amburgh & Co, 1868,
    Tibbals Digital Collection, ht4000951a
  • 2. Digital Initiative
    Art Museum
    Circus Museum
    Library
  • 3. Digitization Committee
    Art Museum, Library, and Archives working together to articulate singular vision for digital collections
    Implementing Standards
    Preparing for Access
    Managing Multiple Projects
  • 4.
  • 5. Digitized Collections
    Archives
    • Posters
    • 6. Photographs
    • 7. Design Drawings
    What We Share (as of today)
  • 8. Image Management
    The Museum System (TMS)
    Collections Management System for Art Museum, Library, and Archives
    Museum website
    How We Share
  • 9. eMuseum
  • 10. Herald Collection
    Metadata
    Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Search capabilities
    Open-Source Software: Greenstone
    Technical Support
    Future Development
    Relationship with current system
  • 11. Digital Library
    Developed by FSU College of Information GAs
  • 12. Museum Communities
    The Commons
    Thiele’s Photographic Rooms, American
    Contortionist, posed in studio, ca. 1880, 2003:1171:0010
  • 13. Rights & Reproductions
  • 14. Ringling Collections Online
    Consolidating goals for more fluid end-user experience
    5 year digitization plans for all departments
    Ongoing evaluation of projects
    Team Work
  • 15. Committee Agenda
    What is our vision?
    Department goals?
    What resources/ infrastructure will be needed to meet these goals?
    How can we produce consistent results?
    What are we going to share?
    Where are we going to share your things?
    What do we hope to gain from sharing?