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Digital Collections - Suzanne Keene
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Museums and the Information Age
Head of Collections Management, Science Museum, London
Explains the Information Age/Information Economy and the strategic
implications for museums Describes the effects of increasing use of IT
in museums and its future developments Invaluable for museum staff,
multimedia professionals and students Issues are clearly and
comprehensively reviewed Accompanying web site keeps readers bang
In Brief: Suzanne Keene's pioneering book shows how museums and other
cultural organizations fit into the new world of information and
electronic communications and, most importantly, how they can take
advantage of what it has to offer.
By using new technology museums can build knowledge bases around
information about collections. A collection object can be the central
link for information about past and present, places, people and
concepts, technologies, ways of working and evidence of the natural
world. 'Digital Collections' explains how this vision can be realized.
Sound, video and animations can be digitized and developed as a
central resource that can be drawn on for many varied access routes:
via the World Wide Web; CD ROMs; through on-gallery screens, and other
future products still in development. These technological capabilities
raise many compelling issues that need to be understood in order to
successfully develop information collections. In this book Suzanne
Keene reviews these issues clearly and comprehensively. Her
accompanying Click-Through Guide provides the latest news and links to
Keene is a senior manager of museum collections and information at the
Science Museum, London. She led the UK LASSI project to select a
collections information system for UK museums. This, with her
experience in directing information technology and multimedia
projects, means that she is accustomed to translating the highly
technical concepts of information technology into high level issues
for senior and strategic management.
Contents: What's happening?; Electronic opportunities; Museum
collections functions digitized; Building the digital collection;
Standards and choice; Making multimedia: a whirlwind tour; Let's hear
it from our users: design and evaluation; Digits and people; The wide,
wide world; A crystal ball. Appendix. Explanations. Sources and
further reading. Index.
ISBN: 0 7506 3456 1 Paperback
Colour plates: Line Illustrations: 20 line illustrations
Measurements: 234 x 156 mm
Approximate Publication Date: 20 February 1998
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