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Harmonising Standards

  1. 1. Getting practical, harmonising Standards, Processes and Documentation for Collections Mobility Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust 31.05.2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ Men work together, I told him from the heart/ </li></ul><ul><li>Whether they work together, or apart.” </li></ul>Robert Frost
  3. 3. <ul><li>Cultural heritage is a global responsibility, it has the ability to connect people, to foster cultural understanding and to promote tolerance. </li></ul><ul><li>If we are to make the most of the principle of cultural heritage and the potential of greater mobility, then we must address the practice of its management. </li></ul>
  4. 8. <ul><li>The international community is a network . </li></ul><ul><li>If we want to make that network work as efficiently as possible, we have to apply the principles of the supply chain and address the following areas: </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  5. 12. <ul><li>The rate of mobility is a function of national and individual policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the rate depends on: </li></ul><ul><li>Improving discoverability </li></ul><ul><li>Removing constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying motivations </li></ul><ul><li>Simplifying processes </li></ul><ul><li>Minimising risk </li></ul>
  6. 13. <ul><li>The way it works today... </li></ul>
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  14. 21. <ul><li>Our vision is of a European (potentially Global) infrastructure which enables cultural organisations to: </li></ul><ul><li>Discover collections across the Globe </li></ul><ul><li>Establish and maintain bonds of trust </li></ul><ul><li>Automate the exchange of documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Share a common understanding of process </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise costs & operational overhead </li></ul><ul><li>Build longer-term value </li></ul>
  15. 22. A B
  16. 23. A B Trusted Intermediary
  17. 24. A B Trusted Intermediary  
  18. 25. A B Trusted Intermediary A + B = 
  19. 26. A B Trusted Intermediary A + B =  Standard Documents A + B =
  20. 27. A B Trusted Intermediary A + B =  Standard Documents A + B = Interoperable Systems <>
  21. 28. A B Trusted Intermediary A + B =  Standard Documents A + B = Interoperable Systems <> Coordinated Logistics >
  22. 29. <ul><li>In the real world... </li></ul>
  23. 30. <ul><li>Our current custom and practice around mobility is a luxury, accessible only to larger, well-funded institutions with an established reputation. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Competition is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition is expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusivity is expensive </li></ul>
  24. 31. <ul><li>To promote mobility among the long-chain of smaller institutions, we need to create a second economy of mobility that is cheaper. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust-based economies can be virtual (eBay) </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity can be standardised </li></ul><ul><li>Competition can be self-interested collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Systems can remember things </li></ul><ul><li>Availability can be global and 24/365 </li></ul>
  25. 32. <ul><li>All things are possible, but only where there is a value proposition that makes the reward of Mobility greater than the effort required. </li></ul><ul><li>If you remove competition, what is the value proposition for Mobility 2.0? </li></ul>
  26. 33. <ul><li>We need simple lightweight solutions which work for now: </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that collections information can be indexed by Google ( discoverability ) </li></ul><ul><li>Harmonising around a single European Cultural Loans Documentation Framework based on the International SPECTRUM standard ( removing constraints ) </li></ul>
  27. 34. <ul><li>Ensuring that National Governments identify Mobility as a priority policy agenda ( motivation ) </li></ul><ul><li>Using SPECTRUM 4.0 schema to enable Collections Management Systems to share core data automatically ( simplifying processes ) </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that connections between organisations are ongoing and incremental to build trust ( minimising risk ) </li></ul>
  28. 35. <ul><li>A single European Cultural Loans Documentation Framework based on SPECTRUM </li></ul><ul><li>A core, common set of elements </li></ul><ul><li>A set of documents available under a Creative Commons License (so they can be downloaded, repurposed and shared) </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded into national/local policies </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded into Collections Systems </li></ul>
  29. 36. <ul><li>This... </li></ul>
  30. 38. <ul><li>Is technically inefficient as a network, but it has grown organically and works in practice. </li></ul><ul><li>If we’re going to achieve lasting improvement, we have to work with the grain of established custom and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>But, it is unlikely that the improvement will happen spontaneously, it needs to be driven and nurtured. </li></ul>
  31. 39. <ul><li>In conclusion... </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility depends on the efficiency of the network </li></ul><ul><li>There is an opportunity to make the network more efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Standardisation/harmonisation has been hard to achieve, is it possible? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there an organisation that people would trust across the EU to drive this change? </li></ul>
  32. 40. <ul><li>Nick Poole </li></ul><ul><li>CEO </li></ul><ul><li>Collections Trust </li></ul><ul><li>@NickPoole1 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.collectionstrust.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://openculture.collectionstrustblogs.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.culturalpropertyadvice.gov.uk </li></ul>