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 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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Digitization and Strategies for Sharing Museum Collections Online

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

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