The Museum Futures programme has the management and access of collections and museum data at its core, recognising that an emphasis on data in its many forms is something becoming increasingly important to every area of museum activity. All traineeships will strongly reflect the importance of data and its long term preservation and access. There are four key digital concepts we will be exploring through regular network training sessions: digitisation; data management; digital access and engagement; and digital preservation.
Definition of terms:
Digitisation - Digitisation activities can be described as activities that create digital, or born digital, assets that act as surrogates of physical objects (for example, photography and 3D scanning). Digitisation activities can also be extended to the creation of software platforms.
Data management - Data management activity could be defined as any processes enabling better data management of digital data within an organisation and could range from establishing data retention policies right through to preparation for next year’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation.
Digital access and engagement - Digital access and engagement activity can be defined as the process of making digital assets available through a website, social media feeds, or through digital exhibitions.
Digital preservation - Digital preservation activity can be defined as any of the many processes that contribute to creating a preservation environment for digital assets. This might include file format audits, storage infrastructure review or preservation metadata creation among other things.
For more information on digital preservation and why it is crucial for museums and archives, visit: https://www.dpconline.org/handbook/digital-preservation/why-digital-preservation-matters