When sampling decisions for scientific investigations of heritage objects or sites are collaborative and transparent between researchers and owners/custodians, they encourage balanced, objective and consistent discussions and conclusions. However, finding, sharing or communicating information to support and direct common-ground decisions from multi-perspectives is not always easy. To fill this important information gap, the Heritage Science Group committee of the Institute for Conservation (Icon) has developed this guidance for materials research.
It aims to be a practical, flexible and adaptive tool for scientists, conservators, curators, stakeholders and other decision-makers to engage in meaningful and informed dialogue and identify and manage expectations.
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