This set of slides formed the background and introduction to a roundtable discussion at MCN2012. Panellists were Ed Rodley (Museum of Science, Boston, USA), Janet Carding (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada), Sharon Grant (Field Museum, Chicago, USA), and Adrian Kingston (Te Papa, Wellington, NZ).
Multidisciplinary museums have opportunities for active collaboration and participation by experts in varying fields. However, differing methodologies and approaches have traditionally meant that there is still a divide. New technologies are helping to bridge that disciplinary gap, allowing scientists, anthropologists and historians to share data, interpretation and experience in ways they have not been able to before. Digitisation of collection information, and release of large datasets into the public domain allow techniques such as data mining, transcription and semantic linking to open new ways to interpret museum collections information, to the benefit of all.