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Subject: Survey on documentation

Survey on documentation

From: David Green <davidgreen<-a>
Date: Friday, May 30, 2008
Mellon Conservation Documentation Survey

Deadline for Completion: Monday June 16, 2008

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has recently launched a study of the
ways in which institutions use digital technology to record
conservation documentation. Some museums do this within a
collections management system (CMS) or are developing systems or
modules that work with the CMS. Others may not have a CMS and manage
the documentation independently, whether by design or circumstance.
The goal of the study will be to use the information gathered to
encourage and assist in developing or improving systems that will be
more responsive to the needs of conservators; and to inform the
community about any such developments under way.

While this study is set within the context of a larger project
assessing the challenges, opportunities and implications of digital
documentation, we are now surveying conservation departments
worldwide about the specific tools and procedures they are using to
manage conservation documentation in digital form.

We invite and encourage you to participate in this technical survey
and to encourage your colleagues to do the same. The survey is now
available at


or, more manageably, <URL:>

    **** Moderator's comments: The above URL has been wrapped for
    email. There should be no newline.

If you plan to complete the survey, please do so by 8pm (EST) Monday
June 16, 2008.

A report on the findings of the survey will be available by the end
of the year. More details on the Mellon Foundation's initiative in
Conservation Documentation in Digital Form can be found at


For any questions, please contact:

   David Green <davidgreen<-a t->knowledgeculture< . >com> or
   Rachel Mustalish <Rachel.Mustalish<-a t->metmuseum< . >org>

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