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Presentation to the annual MODES Users Workshop on the 10 key trends for Collections and Collections Management Systems in museums, libraries and archives in 2012.

Presentation to the annual MODES Users Workshop on the 10 key trends for Collections and Collections Management Systems in museums, libraries and archives in 2012.

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    10 key trends for Collections in 2012 10 key trends for Collections in 2012 Presentation Transcript

    • 10 key trends for 2012 Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
    • Where next for Collections Trust?
      • Support museums, archives, libraries and galleries in unlocking the potential of their collections, by:
        • Providing know-how
        • Developing and promoting excellence
        • Challenging existing practices
        • Pioneering new ideas
        • Bringing experts together
    • Our work
      • 5 Programmes
        • OpenCulture
        • Collections Link
        • Culture Grid
        • Excellence in Collections
        • International
      • ‘ Excellence in Collections’ brings together standards- related activity including SPECTRUM, BSI PAS 197, PAS 198 and Museum Accreditation
    • Collections Link
      • Social & professional networking for the Collections community – create groups, share knowledge and expertise, connect with professionals in the UK and Europe
      • Preserves expertise, avoids short-termism, ensures that the sector is learning from each other and remains fit for purpose
      • http://www.collectionslink.org.uk
    • Culture Grid
      • Unlocking the potential of digital Collections for online audiences
      • Brokering culture-sector content to media partners
      • Developing new applications for cultural content
      • 1.3m objects available for open re-use
      • Incubating digital business models
      • http://www.culturegrid.org.uk
    • 10 Key trends for 2012
    • 1. Museum Accreditation
        • A simplified standard designed to provide a minimal indication of the key elements of delivering a successful museum service.
        • Each section closely integrated with the others as part of a continuum.
        • Centred around the defining principle of a strategic Mission – hence improvement is relative to the Mission, not to other museums.
    • Museum Accreditation Scheme
      • Not a radical departure from previous version
      • Creates requirements around audience engagement, which include online access to Collections
      • A presumption towards open access online
      • Self-assessment and reporting
      • Due for launch at MA Conference on 3 rd October
      • Collections Trust workshop on Accreditation & Collections, 4 th October
    • 2. SPECTRUM 4.0
      • Intended to simplify and clarify SPECTRUM
      • Designed to support the rationalisation & improvement of Collections processes in your museum
      • Developed via the Collections Link Standards Wiki – http://standards.collectionslink.org.uk & supported by CG Vocab Bank – http://www.vocman.com/culturegrid
      • Developed in partnership with MODES & other SPECTRUM Partners
      • Emphasis on SPECTRUM as a procedural standard, supported by a framework of information/structural standards/protocols
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    • http://standards.collectionslink.org.uk
    • http://www.vocman.com/cultureGrid
    • 3. Visualisation
      • Connecting datasets, with less emphasis on structural interoperability and greater emphasis on using data to support management processes.
      • Applications include:
        • Data quality visualisation
        • Integrated pest mapping & monitoring
        • Collections care/environmental control
        • Participation/use
        • Strategic planning
        • Collections Mobility/loans
      • Increasing number of visualisation-based platforms under development in 2011-12
    • 4. Narrative Middleware
      • Increasing number of 3 rd party and integrated tools which interface with multiple data sources to create ‘narrative’ packages, such as learning objects, exhibition plans or research resources.
      • Drawing together:
        • Collections object records
        • Digital assets
        • Internal learning/educational material
        • Other research resources
        • Data from Wikipedia, dbpedia & others
        • JORUM and other learning resources
      • To watch: ResearchSpace from British Museum & Mellon Foundation
    • 5. They (we) want your data
      • An abbreviated list of people who want your object records & pictures of your Collections in 2012:
        • Culture Grid
        • Europeana
        • BBC Digital Public Space
        • Technology Strategy Board Digital Marketplace
        • Public Catalogue Foundation
        • Google Art Project
        • Wikipedia
        • JISC/MIMAS
        • ArtFinder
        • DC-NET
        • Many, many others!
    • 6. Collections Mobility
      • The Government, the Arts Council, your Local Authority, the Museums Association and the European Commission are coming after your Collections in store
      • Simplifying loan agreements, relaxing provisions for long-term loans and funding exchange programmes in UK and Europe
      • Ensuring that when an object goes on loan, the documentation is persistent between the donor and recipient museums
      • Automating repeat loans/basic loan documentation
    • 7. Cloud
      • Increasing emphasis on Cloud-based Collections Management applications
      • Storing datasets in ‘the Cloud’ and interfacing with them via a browser
      • Increasing number of entry-level Cloud-based offers during 2012
      • BUT issues around data integrity, security, connectivity
      • Increasing number of flexible/hybrid solutions (including MODES Complete!) and the rise of the integrated API/management interface
    • 8. Digital Sustainability
      • We’re making a lot of Digital stuff, and funders are getting nervous about how much of it will be here in 10 years time - closely tied to organisational sustainability!
      • Fundamentally depends on not adopting any one particular approach, but on fine-tuning inputs and process to deliver a product which satisfies defined needs
      • To watch:
        • Digitisation Standards/Strategies
        • Funder requirements
        • Digital Content Supply Chain
        • The rise of ‘boutique’ (as opposed to ‘mass’) Digitisation
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    • 9. Workflow
      • Systems which know how far through a process you are
      • Systems which prompt you to complete specific tasks
      • Systems which include messaging/transport layer which ensures that all of the participants in a particular process are up-to-date
      • Making more efficient use of resources such as conservator time and using opportunities such as transport/packaging & relocation to prompt sub-processes like conditional checking or inventory
      • Self-documenting systems which publish your Procedural Manual dynamically
    • 10. Write once/repurpose ∞
      • Your Collections data needs to support an ever-increasing number of outputs, from web to print, kiosk, learning package, aggregator, user interface, commercial product, open educational resource etc…
      • A fundamental principle of the design of MODES XML and now MODES Complete
      • Creating new outputs or products is a question of writing a new transform, not of rewriting the whole record
      • BUT – inventory-level data is going to be hard-pushed to support this multiplicity of outputs. Next-gen cataloguing may need to include eg. photo library keywording, folksonomic classification and multiple licensing according to use
    • Key trends for 2012
      • Accreditation
      • SPECTRUM 4.0
      • Visualisation
      • Narrative middleware
      • They want your data
      • Collections Mobility
      • Cloud
      • Digital Sustainability
      • Workflow/process automation
      • Write once/repurpose many times
      • + Digital Asset Management, Data Cleaning, Digital Repositories & many more!
    • Conclusions
      • Many of these applications are under development, but will take time to filter into the featureset of Collections Management Systems
      • Futureproofing is vital – which is a core principle of MODES Complete
      • Your collections data is a product, with a real value, but the chances are it’s not (yet) up to the job
      • Collections Management is one of the at-risk areas in museums – we have to demonstrate how all of this effort delivers value for the museum’s mission
      • Tell me what I have got wrong!
    • OpenCulture 2012
      • Annual Great Collections Management Exhibition and Conference
      • June 19 th & 20 th 2012
      • At the Oval, London
      • Come and find out whether I was right about 2012!
      • www.collectionslink.org.uk/openculture2012
    • Contact
      • Nick Poole
      • Collections Trust
      • [email_address]
      • @NickPoole1
      • http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk