Collections Trust - supporting UK museums

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Presentation to #MCN09 about the range of services and programmes by which the Collections Trust supports UK museums and their audiences.

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Collections Trust - supporting UK museums

  1. 1. SUPPORTING MUSEUMS IN THE UK 13.11.09
  2. 2. The UK sector 2,500 museums 1,900 ‘Accredited’ 53,000 paid and volunteer staff 8 of the 10 most popular domestic & international tourist destinations Contributes approximately £1bn per annum to the UK economy More popular than soccer
  3. 3. <ul><li>Collections Trust campaigns for the public right to access and engage with collections. </li></ul><ul><li>We do this by: </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting & sharing best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Representing the sector </li></ul>Our Mission...
  4. 4. Collections Law Commerce Technology Knowledge Consumers Collections Trust
  5. 5. Collections Trust Collections Link Open Culture Deliver an excellent, sustainable enterprise Support and Connect the Collections Management Community Connect people with Collections
  6. 6. What problems do our users have...? Personal problems Professional problems Short-term problems Long-term problems Solvable problems Problems without solutions
  7. 7. Personal problems... Career development Isolation Recognition of skillset Limited training opportunities Marginalisation in institutions Validation
  8. 8. Professional problems... Demonstrating impact Demonstrating public value Securing resources Looking after collections Meeting funder requirements Going Digital
  9. 9. ...is in getting people to understand that we are a sector in transition, and that this transition demands a new kind of Collections Management that combines physical and digital at the most basic level and is fundamentally driven by audience . The biggest single challenge....
  10. 10. So, what do we do to help...?
  11. 11. Connecting the Collections Management community Brokering knowledge & expertise Drawing in non-sector knowledge If you have a problem, it’s 99.99% certain that someone else has had it and addressed it. The real problem is finding them. It’s a professional ‘social network’ Collections Link
  12. 13. Events, conferences, meetings, training Social platforms, web, Twitter Books, documents, formal externalised knowledge ‘ Emergent’ knowledge, case studies, disstertations
  13. 14. <ul><li>Consistently the sector’s preferred format for usable practical knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Practical Guide’ series: </li></ul><ul><li>Collections Management </li></ul><ul><li>Pest Management </li></ul><ul><li>Rights Management </li></ul><ul><li>Information Management </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Content Management </li></ul>Real, actual hard-copy books
  14. 15. Joint British Standards Institution/Collections Trust Code of Practice for Collections Management A joint definition across museums, archives and libraries Demonstrating the value & impact of strategic Collections Management as a core part of business planning Connecting physical and digital Collections Standards
  15. 16. Purpose/Mission of the organisation Strategic Physical & Digital Collections Management Collections Development Collections Access/use Collections Information Collections Care Systems for review, evaluation & improvement
  16. 17. Connecting cultural content production with mainstream audiences Brokering relationships with Big Media (Google, BBC, EMI, Wikipedia etc) ‘ Unlocking’ digital output Moving cultural data into the Cloud Collections Management Saas The potential of the historical record as #linkeddata Culture Grid
  17. 18. Mainstream Niche Museums Libraries Archives CMS DAMS DRM Content layer RESTful API Repository Registry Aggregation layer Application layer Data hosting Hosted search Google Wikipedia BBC Europeana EMI WolframAlpha Open reuse
  18. 19. Mainstream Niche Museums Libraries Archives CMS DAMS DRM Content layer RESTful API Repository Registry Aggregation layer Application layer Data hosting Hosted search Google Wikipedia BBC Europeana EMI Flickr Commons Open reuse
  19. 20. Plus a TON of other stuff....
  20. 21. SPECTRUM 4.0 Managing UGC & rich media in Collections Collectionslink.tv Conveying professional knowledge through web TV Europeana Building a pan-European network of Digital people Museums Digital License Blanket licensing for ‘going Digital’ Digital Inclusion Reaching the last 10% through museums, archives & libraries Revisiting Collections User-generated collecting and interpretation Environmental standards New joint BSI/CT/National Archives standard (2010) Cultural Olympiad Capturing the social media output of the Olympics in 2012 Advising Government On priorities for funding Collections Management
  21. 22. ‘ Men work together, I told him from the heart/ Whether they work together, or apart’ Collections Management is a global profession It is vital in a recessionary economy We have to find ways of demonstrating the public value/social capital of collecting and managing all this stuff Networks hold the key to professionalisation and improvement Takehomes...
  22. 23. Contact... Nick Poole Chief Executive Collections Trust http://openculture.collectionstrustblogs.org.uk www.collectionstrust.org.uk www.collectionslink.org.uk www.culturalpropertyadvice.gov.uk www.discs-uk.info

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