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Reconceptualising heritage collections: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Museum Collections and Documentation

Funding: 2005: $24,148
2006: $24,148
2007: $24,148

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (Powerhouse Museum)

Start year: 2005

Summary: Museums worldwide are responding to technical advances in digital media. Collection databases and their availability on the World Wide Web are part of this initiative. The potential scope for collections documentation has been transformed by digital technologies, but in reality this has not been matched by the quality of information held in databases - its relationship to current knowledge, the needs of online users and new interdisciplinary approaches to material culture research. This project will reconceptualise museum collections acquisition, documentation practices, create a new multidisciplinary multimedia knowledge structure and reform museum practice to address these issues to greatly enhance the value of collections.

FOR Codes: Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified, Conserving Collections and Movable Cultural Heritage, Understanding Australia's Past, Museum Studies, Multimedia Programming, Computer vision and multimedia computation not elsewhere classified, Design not elsewhere classified, Critical heritage, museum and archive studies, Understanding Australia¿¿¿s past