Data exchange and museums

My colleague G√ľnter Waibel writes about a new RLG Programs project looking at the exchange of metadata between museum systems. Go to the entry for more detail.

With the generous support of a $145,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, RLG Programs will gather a select group of museum partners to accomplish the following:
  1. Creating a low-barrier / no-cost batch export capability for CDWA Lite XML out of the collections management system used by the participating museums (GallerySystems TMS)
  2. Modeling data exchange processes using the Open Archive Information Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) at the participating museums
  3. Creating an aggregation of museum content within OCLC Research for analysis
  4. Discussing the evidence about the relative utility of the aggregation with stakeholders from the museum, vendor and aggregator community
[hangingtogether.org]

Comments: 1

Feb 15, 2008
Mary Woodley

RLG published an earlier experiment with harvesting the metadata and images from the collections of the Getty Museum and Getty Research to update the holdings in ARTstor. The aggregation of museum artifacts holds great research promise, especially for collections that are difficult to visit. It will increase scholars abilities to study ethnographic material that is scattered worldwide