The Australian and New Zealand museum sectors face many of the same challenges. The three day conference – MA16 – a joint event between Museums Australia and Museums Aotearoa held in Auckland explored the relevance and sustainability of museums and galleries now and in the future, and the ways they can be of social, cultural and ecological value. DataBasics Director Ricky Patten attended the conference – here are his notes and impressions.
Collection Management Articles
This essay has been written in response to Collections Trust’s SPECTRUM Digital Asset Management guide. The author hopes to add to the wealth of data in SPECTRUM DAM and to engage in a productive dialogue with Collections Trust, other members of the cultural heritage and museums community and those tasked with managing cultural collections regarding the place and practice of digital asset management.
While Collection Management Systems (CMS) and Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions complement each other quite well, when two systems need to interact, maintaining them to ensure that both databases are current and up-to-date can be a challenge.
Within the GLAMs sector, Information and Collection Managers play an important role in managing and maintaining historical records and all business information. In the past this related to documenting physical collections and artifacts and storing text-based data about each item in a Collection Management System (CMS). With the rise in digital imaging and the need to now manage digitised files of images, photos, graphics and presentations, an emerging trend is the integration of CMS with DAM – Digital Asset Management solutions.