Wimps, Worms, Winchester... and the Web: National Museums Scotland and Collections Data

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An overview of collections management and its challenges at National Museums Scotland. Part of the "Electric Connections 2008: Collaborating on Content" conference.

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Wimps, Worms, Winchester... and the Web: National Museums Scotland and Collections Data

  1. 1. Wimps Worms Winchesters….. And the Web National Museums Scotland And Collections Data
  2. 2. Background to NMS Data <ul><li>Wimps, Worms, Winchesters </li></ul><ul><li>4m objects and specimens </li></ul><ul><li>700k records in Collections Management System </li></ul><ul><li>6k digital images attached to Collection Records </li></ul><ul><li>Data exists in a multitude of sources </li></ul><ul><li>Structure of Collections Management Department </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where are We Now? <ul><li>Creation of collections data and images </li></ul><ul><li>Uses of collections data and images </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where are We Going? <ul><li>NMS OnLine </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Museum Project </li></ul><ul><li>Management of collections </li></ul><ul><li>Scotland’s Images </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenges / Issues <ul><li>Collections Management Systems v Content Management Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Standardising data to aid searching </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of data / content – who writes it? </li></ul><ul><li>Re-purposing content </li></ul><ul><li>Searching data / images </li></ul><ul><li>Joined up thinking </li></ul>
  6. 7. Wendy Turner Head of Collections Management National Museums Scotland Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JF [email_address]

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