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restored. Again, both photographer and
restorer document as well. A press release
and short article are published. Later on
they are exhibited in a specific exhibition.
The context is further elaborated, more
research is done. A catalogue is produced,
lectures are given, models, drawings, inter-
active displays are introduced.The design
department digitises all assets to be
included in the exhibits. Educational
material for schools are produced the same
way.The insurance files are applied.The
objects are disinfected. Some of them are
lent out to an other museum. More con-
textual information is gathered and produ-
ced elsewhere.The financial administration
has to make sure the accounts are complete.
There are records of the management
meetings where the decision to buy this
collection have been recorded.There is a
Digital asset management systems (DAMS), empowering cultural heritage
institutions in unlocking the value of their collections
believe that DAMS is a concept, a
metaphor for managing different
data sources, formats etc. Just take
a look at all the "assets" floating around in
any organisation (and cultural organisations
are no different) and the possibilities of
re-use and exploitation and accelerating
any digital access and production chain.
Integration here is a keyword.When I still
worked in the museum I argued in favour
of such an integrated approach.
For example, there is this curator, he
works on a newly acquired collection.
He looks at different books, documents,
articles, takes notes, consults some
colleagues, experts, in other words he
documents it, and enters the object data
(mostly only basic data) as object record
into the collection management system.
Some objects are photographed, and some
The DigiCULT Forum on DAMS
will take place on September 3rd
within the context of the AIIM
Conference @ DMS EXPO at the
DMS EXPO Europe (3rd 5th of
September) in Essen, Germany.
AIIM International Europe will be
holding the AIIM Conference @ DMS
EXPO in Essen as part of the DMS
EXPO.The main conference with
plenum events and three parallel sessions
will take place during the trade fair.
Some of the topics in the plenum are
the legal issues surrounding content
management, e-business and the archi-
ving environment with a focus on
digital rights management, the legal
recognition of electronic documents in
court and the European-wide use of
electronic signatures as well as the
visions of leading providers using key note
speeches.The three parallel sessions will
concentrate on the latest market topics:
enterprise content management (ECM),
business process management (BPM) and
document related technologies (DRT).The
third day of the conference features an
overview in Dutch of the use of IT solu-
tions in the Benelux countries. AIIM
International Europe and the European
Commission are also planning on holding
two series of seminars on MoReq, the new
standard for records management in public
administration archives, and E-TERM, the
European training program for information
managers, archivists, documentalists and
records managers in public administration.
You can find more information in German at or in English at
The DMS EXPO Europe is the
European trade fair for knowledge,
information, content and document
management.The fair is held every
September in Essen, Germany.
Approximately 18,000 visitors came to
see 385 exhibitors last year and learned
more about the latest developments
and solutions in the above-mentioned
subject areas.The motto of this year's
DMS EXPO is "Content meets
Exhibitors will be presenting specia-
lized solutions for the three competen-
ce centres: automotive, public health
and financial services.
You can find more information about the
license agreement, the museum makes
copies, and companies reproduce replicas.
These are then sold through the museum
shop and online.
From this actual story, I can tell you
more then 80% gets lost! The curator only
has his bibliography recorded in a
catalogue.Very selectively.The displays of
the exhibition etc. are disposed off after-
wards, no one can store it. Often the
original scripts of the catalogue are not
even kept.When there is a relational
DBMS running, maybe some things are
linked, but not the whole context can be
recovered.The administrative records
could match up but...'
Friso Visser, PricewaterhouseCoopers
DigiCULT Forum project partner