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Presentation to the London Archives, libraries and Museums Agency on the new social dimension to Documentation (31.10.2005)

Presentation to the London Archives, libraries and Museums Agency on the new social dimension to Documentation (31.10.2005)

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  • 1. New directions in Documentation Nick Poole MDA Director
  • 2. About MDA
    • The UK’s lead organisation on documentation & knowledge management for collections
    • 25-year history of working with museums
    • Providing training, advice and support to thousands of museum professionals each year
  • 3. About Documentation
    • A business process for museums
    • A fact of life for any organisation which manages large amounts of material
    • Essentially, a technical discipline, governed by technical standards
    • Maintained in trust by MDA on behalf of the sector
    • Created by over 100 museum professionals
    • Recognised nationally and internationally as the industry standard for information management
  • 5. Currently
    • A huge commitment of time and resources
    • The fundamental element of public accountability
    • Inward-facing, driven by professional practice rather than user/audience need
  • 6. Some principles
    • Documentation must be driven towards a purpose
    • Moving from immutable facts to connections and stories
    • Sharing insight and creativity across different professional disciplines
    • Standards must work for us, and help us to achieve our core purpose
  • 7.  
  • 8. 5-year Action Plan
    • A shared vision with the Museums Association
    • Building Documentation for Diversity with ALM London
    • Creating Case Studies which demonstrate the social, professional and economic impact of stories and information
    • Working with MLA to build a business case for documentation
  • 9. Documentation for Diversity
    • Building on the findings of the Revisiting Collections project
    • A collaborative development with ALM London
    • A simple toolkit which shows how documented information can be mined to create new stories for new audiences
    • A methodology for welcoming user’s stories to the information we hold about our collections
  • 10. Next steps
    • Information and Case Studies on the MDA website
    • Introductory factsheets and guidelines
    • MDA Training module for London museums
    • Joint-funded pilots to refine the methodology
    • Considering funding stream Future developments of SPECTRUM
  • 11. Contact
    • Nick Poole
    • MDA Director
    • [email_address]
    • 01223 415760