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


 
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1. Title Title of document 11. CollectionSpace at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology: A Strategic Information Platform - Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Christopher R. Hoffman; University of California, Berkeley;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Benjamin Porter; United States
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michael T. Black; University of California, Berkeley;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Archaeology; Cultural Heritage
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) heritage preservation; cultural destruction; heritage destruction; destruction of ancient monuments; archaeological site loss; at-risk cultural heritage; digital archaeology; conservation; global heritage
 
5. Subject Subject classification cultural heritage; anthropology; archaeology; information science
 
6. Description Abstract 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.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 15-Feb-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/42601
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.42601
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd