Girl, I’m Gonna Preserve You: Preservation, Conservation, and the Public

New Storage for an Old Museum: Museum of Science, Boston (Webcast) Time Saturday 23rd November 2:15pm to 2:45pm Marc Check @museumtechguy Diretcor of Information and InteractiveTechnology, Museum of Science Sean Derrington @SeanDerrington Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Exablox Over the course of its 180 years, the Boston Museum of Science has continually embraced new technology as a means to remain relevant and meet the needs of its visitors. As it is for many museums, a new challenge for the institution is the management of ever-growing volumes of digital data created from archives and new assets made from physical artifacts. This session will provide a first-hand look at how the museum has embraced a new scale-out, object-based appliance to easily scale and securely store its crucial information. Storage consolidation and data recovery are of the utmost importance for the Museum of Science as digitized archives and newly acquired digital assets are providing for a project that will enable creative new "live data" exhibits where visitors can interact with exhibits onsite as well as online. The project's benefits include continual affordability and investment protection that forgoes cycles of storage refreshing and fork-lift migrations. The move is expected to deliver scalable storage for large amounts of unstructured data. Acquiring Born-Digital Material at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Webcast) Time Saturday 23rd November 2:45pm to 3:15pm David Stevenson Conservator, Canadian Centre for Architecture Martien de Vletter Associate Director, Collection, Canadian Centre for Architecture The Canadian Centre for Architecture is developing new tools and processes to facilitate the selection, archival arrangement, migration, and preservation of born-digital files acquired from architectural firms. This presentation will introduce the tools we are developing for this. These include a harvester and a package preparation tool, programs to aid in the ingest of digital files, and a technical questionnaire sent to donors to insure that we have necessary information regarding the files. It also will give an overview of the various roles and workflows involved in acquiring born-digital material. Pimp My Data: A Case Study of the Changes to Conservation Documentation at the Australian War Memorial. (Webcast) Time Saturday 23rd November 3:15pm to 3:45pm Emma Jones Manager, collection information and access team, Australian War Memorial Jessie Firth Australian War Memorial Although the documentation of conservation treatments has not changed in content over the years, the media it is recorded on has. Over the last decade, conservation documentation at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) has changed from being on paper-based media to becoming increasingly digitized, with images now born digital and treatment documentation stored as part of a museum-wide collection management program. This case study will discuss the challenges and advantages these changes have brought at the AWM and the importance of metadata for conservation documentation. How do we ensure that vital data produced during a conservation treatment is recorded in a way so that it can be preserved and found 50 years later? We will also explore the phenomenon of conservation information becoming an area of interest to the general public. More and more people want online access to all areas of museum work. What role can conservation information play in promoting a museum to its public?