Computerizing the collections of a museum in France
Since the early 1990s, museums have used computer databases to describe, document and manage collections. This is referred to as “computerization of collections”. Here you will find all the practical tips: from the start of the project to the organisation of daily work.
Computerizing collections is a project in itself : it often involves the acquisition of a collection management tool but also the care taken to anticipate the recovery of existing data. The database administrator is the designated project leader.
Regulatory computerization of collections
The three inventory, proofing and post-proofing procedures are intense moments for collecting information on the collections of museums in France. It will be in the museum’s interest to transfer this information to an electronic medium to facilitate its storage and use. Regulatory data are indeed an essential reference base for knowledge of collections under the responsibility of the Musée de France.
The operational organization of the computerization of collections covers the steps and tools to be deployed so that the museum team can work effectively and in good coordination on a daily basis.
The Service des musées de France makes scientific vocabularies available to professionals. Their use is recommended to describe collections using a common languageThis will facilitate the exchange and publication of information.