ware, though after thorough planning and research the AMS hit upon what it considers
to be a suitably reliable system. Copyright issues posed a potential pitfall, and to avoid the
difficulties that might have arisen as a result, an efficient system for copyright clearance
and protection of owner/creator rights was established.
The project has been a success, with all project aims being met within the set
timescale and budget. Evaluation has demonstrated high user satisfaction and continuing
demand for the system's expansion.The anticipated benefits have been achieved.
Resources tapped by the AMS during development included staff skills and expertise,
existing networks of museums, libraries, archives and local history groups, public build-
ings in which the systems were housed, and the use of volunteer staff to carry out a vari-
ety of tasks. In addition to this, two temporary members of staff were employed to carry
out the digitisation and database completion. Specialised IT equipment and software was
introduced. Historic Mapping and Sites and Monuments records from the District
Council were consulted, together with the resources and knowledge of local history
groups and individuals.
Case Study V The Finnish National Gallery
The Ateneum Art Museum, a unit of the Finnish National Gallery, was opened at
1887 with the idea of bringing together the national arts and crafts communities.
Ateneum had two initial purposes, namely housing the collections and the Drawing
School of the Finnish Art Society in one half, the School of Applied Art and the collec-
In Touch with the Ateneum: A montage of screenshots of the user interface
© Finnish National Gallery
This case study is based on a questionnaire completed in February 2003 by Riikka Haapalainen,
Researcher at the gallery's Art Museum Development department. Subsequent information comes from
the gallery's Website, http://www.fng.fi