Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

11. CollectionSpace at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology: A Strategic Information Platform

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Christopher R. Hoffman
University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin W. Porter [+-]
University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin W. Porter is an Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department, and is a curator and former director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Porter is an Anthropologist who specializes in Middle Eastern Archaeology. He investigates how past Middle Eastern and Mediterranean societies built resilient communities and institutions in arid and semi-arid zones. He directs field archaeology projects in Jordan at the Iron Age capitals of Dhiban and Busayra. He also co-directs a museum collections project at the Hearst Museum, researching evidence from Peter B. Cornwall's 1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia. He was a Co-Principal Investigator for the UC Office of the President's Research Catalyst Award that funded the research discussed in this volume.
Michael T. Black [+-]
University of California, Berkeley
Michael T. Black is affiliated with the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Description

This chapter traces the interesting history of digital collections management systems at museums generally and specifically at UC Berkeley's Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. It relates challenges encountered, including financial obstacles, issues that arise with the development and adoption of new technologies, and the need to satisfy different users and stakeholders. By providing an introduction to methods of curation/collection management in museums and discussing related issues that museums face on a day-to-day basis, as well as the historical background of contemporary information curation and digital platforms, this chapter offers a real-world case study of the volume’s theme of digital data curation and presentation. The authors pinpoint a major shortcoming in traditional collection management systems: the lack of “quick, accurate, and comprehensive information retrieval” and present their work on digital collection management through the platform CollectionSpace to address this problem. The chapter also presents a critical discussion of digital collection management systems' sustainability-- building and maintaining public-facing information and collections--at a university museum. It reflects on the lessons learned by staff and museum directors over the museum's centennial history.

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Hoffman, Christopher R.; Porter, Benjamin; Black, Michael T.. 11. CollectionSpace at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology: A Strategic Information Platform. Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S.. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800501263. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42601. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42601. Nov 2021

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