Buying collections management software

This webinar is presented by Nico Tyack, Documentation Officer at City of Edinburgh Council, who has conducted a survey, now published on our website, to find out how other museum and gallery services have approached the specification, implementation and updating of their Collections Management System systems. This formed part of a project started in Autumn 2012 by Edinburgh Museums and Galleries to review their requirements for a CMS to replace an existing outmoded system.

In this webinar, Nico summarises this project and discuss the outcome of the survey with participants. It covers:

  • The role played by a CMS in the management of a museum collection, and reasons for changing it
  • The CMS procurement process, including identification of system requirements
  • The range of software systems available
  • The relevance of Spectrum Compliance to the procurement of CMS systems
  • Tips on where to start with the procurement process

Nico has been Documentation Officer at Edinburgh Museums and Galleries for four years. He previously worked in documentation at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, and has experience on working on a number of collections management systems. Nico has been project managing the procurement of a new CMS for Edinburgh, and he has also worked on curatorial projects for history, fine and applied art and natural sciences collections. He is currently on a part- time secondment as Curator of History at Edinburgh.

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Date created: 2014

Author: Nico Tyack

Publisher: Collections Trust