Artefacts  Archives  and Documentation in the Relational Museum Book

Artefacts Archives and Documentation in the Relational Museum


  • Author : Mike Jones
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-07-15
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000405323

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Artefacts Archives and Documentation in the Relational Museum Excerpt :

Artefacts, Archives, and Documentation in the Relational Museum provides the first interdisciplinary study of the digital documentation of artefacts and archives in contemporary museums, while also exploring the implications of polyphonic, relational thinking on collections documentation. Drawing on case studies from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the book provides a critical examination of the history of collections management and documentation since the introduction of computers to museums in the 1960s, demonstrating how technology has contributed to the disconnection of distributed collections knowledge. Jones also highlights how separate documentation systems have developed, managed by distinct, increasingly professionalised staff, impacting our ability to understand and use what we find in museums and their ever-expanding online collections. Exploring this legacy allows us to rethink current practice, focusing less on individual objects and more on the rich stories and interconnected resources that lie at the heart of the contemporary, plural, participatory ‘relational museum.’ Artefacts, Archives, and Documentation in the Relational Museum is essential reading for those who wish to better understand the institutional silos found in museums, and the changes required to make museum knowledge more accessible. The book is a particularly important addition to the fields of museum studies, archival science, information management, and the history of cultural heritage technologies.

Documenting Artefacts and Archives in the Relational Museum Book

Documenting Artefacts and Archives in the Relational Museum


  • Author : Michael Alastair Jones
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Archives
  • Pages : 399
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:1102316899

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Documenting Artefacts and Archives in the Relational Museum Excerpt :

"This cross-disciplinary thesis explored the history of archives and collections description in contemporary museums, with a particular focus on the mid-1960s to the present ... Three primary research questiosn are addressed in this thesis: how have museums documented and managed knowledge about artefacts and archives; what impacts have different technologies had on the ways in which museums document and manage their collections; and, how do these developments relate to contemporaneous understandings of museums and their collections? The primary focus is on Museums Victoria, with comparative Australian, American and British institutions included throughout." -- from abstract.

Libraries  Archives and Museums as Democratic Spaces in a Digital Age Book

Libraries Archives and Museums as Democratic Spaces in a Digital Age


  • Author : Ragnar Audunson
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2020-09-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 378
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110636628

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Libraries Archives and Museums as Democratic Spaces in a Digital Age Excerpt :

Libraries, archives and museums have traditionally been a part of the public sphere's infrastructure. They have been so by providing public access to culture and knowledge, by being agents for enlightenment and by being public meeting places in their communities. Digitization and globalization poses new challenges in relation to upholding a sustainable public sphere. Can libraries, archives and museums contribute in meeting these challenges?

Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age Book

Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age


  • Author : Haidy Geismar
  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-14
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787352834

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Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age Excerpt :

Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age explores the nature of digital objects in museums, asking us to question our assumptions about the material, social and political foundations of digital practices. Through four wide-ranging chapters, each focused on a single object – a box, pen, effigy and cloak – this short, accessible book explores the legacies of earlier museum practices of collection, older forms of media (from dioramas to photography), and theories of how knowledge is produced in museums on a wide range of digital projects. Swooping from Ethnographic to Decorative Arts Collections, from the Google Art Project to bespoke digital experiments, Haidy Geismar explores the object lessons contained in digital form and asks what they can tell us about both the past and the future. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience working with collections across the world, Geismar argues for an understanding of digital media as material, rather than immaterial, and advocates for a more nuanced, ethnographic and historicised view of museum digitisation projects than those usually adopted in the celebratory accounts of new media in museums. By locating the digital as part of a longer history of material engagements, transformations and processes of translation, this book broadens our understanding of the reality effects that digital technologies create, and of how digital media can be mobilised in different parts of the world to very different effects.

Organization  Representation and Description through the Digital Age Book

Organization Representation and Description through the Digital Age


  • Author : Christine M. Angel
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release Date : 2018-03-05
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 9783110337419

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Organization Representation and Description through the Digital Age Excerpt :

Cataloging standards practiced within the traditional library, archive and museum environments are not interoperable for the retrieval of objects within the shared online environment. Within today’s information environments, library, archive and museum professionals are becoming aware that all information objects can be linked together. In this way, information professionals have the opportunity to collaborate and share data together with the shard online cataloging environment, the end result being improved retrieval effectiveness. But the adaptation has been slow: Libraries, archives and museums are still operating within their own community-specific cataloging practices. This book provides a historical perspective of the evolution of linking devices within the library, archive, and museums environments, and captures current cataloging practices in these fields. It offers suggestions for moving beyond community-specific cataloging principles and thus has the potential of becoming a springboard for further conversation and the sharing of ideas.

Archival Returns Book

Archival Returns


  • Author : Linda Barwick
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-02-03
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 374
  • ISBN 10 : 1743326726

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Archival Returns Excerpt :

Place-based cultural knowledge - of ceremonies, songs, stories, language, kinship and ecology - binds Australian Indigenous societies together. Over the last 100 years or so, records of this knowledge in many different formats - audiocassettes, photographs, films, written texts, maps, and digital recordings - have been accumulating at an ever-increasing rate. Yet this extensive documentary heritage is dispersed. In many cases, the Indigenous people who participated in the creation of the records, or their descendants, have little idea of where to find the records or how to access them. Some records are held precariously in ad hoc collections, and their caretakers may be perplexed as to how to ensure that they are looked after. Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond explores the strategies and practices by which cultural heritage materials can be returned to their communities of origin, and the issues this process raises for communities, as well as for museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions.

Witnesses to History Book

Witnesses to History


  • Author : Lyndel V. Prott
  • Publisher : UNESCO
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 439
  • ISBN 10 : 9789231041280

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Witnesses to History Excerpt :

This Compendium gives an outline of the historical, philosophical and ethical aspects of the return of cultural objects (e.g. cultural objects displaced during war or in colonial contexts), cites past and present cases (Maya Temple Facade, Nigerian Bronzes, United States of America v. Schultz, Parthenon Marbles and many more) and analyses legal issues (bona fide, relevant UNESCO and UNIDROIT Conventions, Supreme Court Decisions, procedure for requests etc.). It is a landmark publication that bears testament to the ways in which peoples have lost their entire cultural heritage and analyses the issue of its return and restitution by providing a wide range of perspectives on this subject. Essential reading for students, specialists, scholars and decision-makers as well as those interested in these topics.

Ephemeral Material Book

Ephemeral Material


  • Author : Alana Kumbier
  • Publisher : Litwin Books Llc
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 1936117517

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Ephemeral Material Excerpt :

"Articulates a queer approach to archival studies and archival practice, and establishes the relevance of this approach beyond collections with LGBTQ content"--

Mobile Museums Book

Mobile Museums


  • Author : Felix Driver
  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Release Date : 2021-04-19
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787355088

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Mobile Museums Excerpt :

Mobile Museums presents an argument for the importance of circulation in the study of museum collections, past and present. It brings together an impressive array of international scholars and curators from a wide variety of disciplines – including the history of science, museum anthropology and postcolonial history - to consider the mobility of collections. The book combines historical perspectives on the circulation of museum objects in the past with contemporary accounts of their re-mobilisation, notably in the context of Indigenous community engagement. Contributors seek to explore processes of circulation historically in order to re-examine, inform and unsettle common assumptions about the way museum collections have evolved over time and through space. By foregrounding questions of circulation, the chapters in Mobile Museums collectively represent a fundamental shift in the understanding of the history and future uses of museum collections. The book addresses a variety of different types of collection, including the botanical, the ethnographic, the economic and the archaeological. Its perspective is truly global, with case studies drawn from South America, West Africa, Oceania, Australia, the United States, Europe and the UK. Mobile Museums helps us to understand why the mobility of museum collections was a fundamental aspect of their history and why it continues to matter today. Praise for Mobile Museums 'This book advances a paradigm shift in studies of museums and collections. A distinguished group of contributors reveal that collections are not dead assemblages. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries were marked by vigorous international traffic in ethnography and natural history specimens that tell us much about colonialism, travel and the history of knowledge – and have implications for the remobilisation of museums in the future.’ – Nicholas Thomas, University of Cambridge 'The first major work to examine the implications and consequences of the

Museums and Source Communities Book

Museums and Source Communities


  • Author : Alison K. Brown
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2005-06-28
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134463787

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Museums and Source Communities Excerpt :

This volume combines some of the most influential published research in this emerging field with newly commissioned essays on the issues, problems and lessons involved in collaborating museums and source communities. Focusing on museums in the UK, North America and the Pacific, the book highlights three areas which demonstrate the new developments most clearly: the museum as field site or 'contact zone' - a place which source community members enter for purposes of consultation and collaboration visual repatriation - the use of photography to return images of ancestors, historical moments and material heritage to source communities exhibition case studies - these are discussed to reveal the implications of cross-cultural and collaborative research for museums, and how such projects have challenged established attitudes and practices. As the first overview of its kind, this collection will be essential reading for museum staff working with source communities, for community members involved with museum programmes, and for students and academics in museum studies and social anthropology.

Digital Libraries and Archives Book

Digital Libraries and Archives


  • Author : Maristella Agosti
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2011-12-07
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN 10 : 9783642273025

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Digital Libraries and Archives Excerpt :

This book constitutes the thoroughly refereed proceedings of the 7th Italian Research Conference on Digital Libraries held in Pisa, Italy, in January 2011. The 20 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and cover topics of interest such as system interoperability and data integration; formal and methodological foundations of digital libraries; semantic web and linked data for digital libraries; multilingual information access; digital library infrastructures; metadata creation and management; search engines for digital library systems; evaluation and log data; handling audio/visual and non-traditional objects; user interfaces and visualization; digital library quality.

Museum Materialities Book

Museum Materialities


  • Author : Sandra Dudley
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-18
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136616549

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Museum Materialities Excerpt :

This is an innovative interdisciplinary book about objects and people within museums and galleries. It addresses fundamental issues of human sensory, emotional and aesthetic experience of objects. The chapters explore ways and contexts in which things and people mutually interact, and raise questions about how objects carry meaning and feeling, the distinctions between objects and persons, particular qualities of the museum as context for person-object engagements, and the active and embodied role of the museum visitor. Museum Materialities is divided into three sections – Objects, Engagements and Interpretations – and includes a foreword by Susan Pearce and an afterword by Howard Morphy. It examines materiality and other perceptual and ontological qualities of objects themselves; embodied sensory and cognitive engagements – both personal and across a wider audience spread – with particular objects or object types in a museum or gallery setting; notions of aesthetics, affect and wellbeing in museum contexts; and creative and innovative artistic and museum practices that seek to illuminate or critique museum objects and interpretations. Phenomenological and other approaches to embodied experience in an emphatically material world are current in a number of academic areas, most particularly strands of material culture studies within anthropology and cognate disciplines. Thus far, however, there has been no concerted application of this kind of approach to museum collections and interactions with them by museum visitors, curators, artists and researchers. Bringing together essays by scholars and practitioners from a wide disciplinary and international base, Museum Materialities seeks to make just such a contribution. In so doing it makes a valuable and original addition to the literature of both material culture studies and museum studies.

African Futures Book

African Futures


  • Author : Clemens Greiner
  • Publisher : Africa-Europe Group for Interd
  • Release Date : 2022
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN 10 : 9004470816

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African Futures Excerpt :

"The essays in this collection are written to make readers (re)consider what is possible in Africa. The essays shake the tree of received wisdom and received categories, and hone in on the complexities of life under ecological and economic constraints. Yet, throughout this volume, people do not emerge as victims, but rather as inventors, engineers, scientists, planners, writers, artists, and activists, or as children, mothers, fathers, friends, or lovers - all as future-makers. It is precisely through agents such as these that Africa is futuring: rethinking, living, confronting, imagining, and relating in the light of its many emerging tomorrows"--

Scattered Finds Book

Scattered Finds


  • Author : Alice Stevenson
  • Publisher : UCL Press
  • Release Date : 2019-01-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781787351417

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Scattered Finds Excerpt :

Between the 1880s and 1980s, British excavations at locations across Egypt resulted in the discovery of hundreds of thousands of ancient objects that were subsequently sent to some 350 institutions worldwide. These finds included unique discoveries at iconic sites such as the tombs of ancient Egypt's first rulers at Abydos, Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s city of Tell el-Amarna and rich Roman Era burials in the Fayum. Scattered Finds explores the politics, personalities and social histories that linked fieldwork in Egypt with the varied organizations around the world that received finds. Case studies range from Victorian municipal museums and women’s suffrage campaigns in the UK, to the development of some of the USA’s largest institutions, and from university museums in Japan to new institutions in post-independence Ghana. By juxtaposing a diversity of sites for the reception of Egyptian cultural heritage over the period of a century, Alice Stevenson presents new ideas about the development of archaeology, museums and the construction of Egyptian heritage. She also addresses the legacy of these practices, raises questions about the nature of the authority over such heritage today, and argues for a stronger ethical commitment to its stewardship. Praise for Scattered Finds 'Scattered Finds is a remarkable achievement. In charting how British excavations in Egypt dispersed artefacts around the globe, at an unprecedented scale, Alice Stevenson shows us how ancient objects created knowledge about the past while firmly anchored in the present. No one who reads this timely book will be able to look at an Egyptian antiquity in the same way again.' Professor Christina Riggs, UEA