Documenting your documentation

Whether you are a Museum oder Company, documentation is important, especially if objects, prototypes or product samples should remain with you for a long time. Collection work is more than just storage and object information in a database. Sometimes we only realise how much more there is when important people leave or when we have to painfully puzzle together different information to answer simple questions.


Just imagine 20/50/80 years ago one of your predecessors had documented what they did, why they did it and how they did it. Wouldn't it be wonderful to understand where this object numbering system comes from, who meticously documented that part of the collection on index cards or that the guy with the shoddy handwriting was the company founder himself.


Over the next weeks I want to post some questions you might want to answer for yourself. Think of what all the people coming after you might want to know about your work. You can save them a lot of time, money and wrong decisions

  1. Overview
  2. History of the Collection
  3. Collecting and Collection Criteria
  4. Documentation and Documentation Criteria
  5. Digitisation and Object Photography
  6. How the Collection is used
  7. Storage and Conservation
  8. Plans and Future Developments

Stay tuned!

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