Collections Management Seminar
EU-COM: Development of an On-line Forum and Collections Management tool for and by European collections management staff.
Garin Cael, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Monday 25th June 2012,
Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington
After the SPNHC (Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections) conference in Leiden 2009 and a follow-up questionnaire, a strong need was revealed for an overarching network or forum for European natural history collection managers.
During a brainstorming meeting at the NHM, London in August 2010, it was decided that this new forum, called EU-COM, would be developed with the support of the EU projects EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy) and SYNTHESYS (Synthesis of Systematic Resources). A draft plan and mock-up for the website were created and development started towards the end of 2010.
The idea is to have a working Forum with a substantial amount of initial collections management content before being launched towards the end of 2012. It will serve as the primary resource for Natural History Collections in Europe, in multiple languages and will be driven by the community.
The Forum is hosted as a sub-domain to the Cybertaxonomy portal of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, but remains independent. The development and initial testing has been conducted and the portal is now ready to move into beta testing. The biggest challenge is to get initial contributions onto the site to create a solid base of content before the launch, so that users will actually recognize the usefulness of the portal and come back later if they have a different question.
Garin will demonstrate the Forum and be seeking ideas for content, content contributors and offers from people to act as testers.
The seminar is open to all members of the museum who are interested in getting involved or learning more about recovery of the collections in a disaster situation. We also welcome colleagues from other institutions who would find the seminar of interest. There is no booking fee and only large parties need to notify the organiser for catering purposes.
Science Group: All senior departmental managers & collection management staff.
Public Engagement Group: Any staff who work with and use collections or manage staff who work with collections.
Tea and coffee will be available in the seminar room lobby area after the talk.
Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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