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Revisiting Museum Collections with Modes Complete
Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteRichard Langley Modes Annual Meeting25.9.2013
Revisiting Museum Collections
Revisiting Collections provides a framework for embedding new understanding and perspectives on objects directly within the museums collection management system, ensuring that it forms part of the story about the collections that is recorded and made accessible to all.
Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteRMC units of informationDescription and historyAssociations and referencesUse of the objectOwners contributionsViewers contributionsRecord & attribution information
3Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteRMC units of information are mapped to SPECTRUM, and all SPECTRUM units of information can represented by Modes elements.RMC units of information are not mandatory.Choose the units which are appropriate to the current project.
4Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteRMC units of information can be added to records in the main catalogueORRMC data can be recorded in a separate file, linked to the main catalogue.
5Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes Complete1.Description and history
A record of the origins and use of the object, perhaps deduced from examination of the object. Modes records are usually rich in this type of information.
Use the Association, Description, FieldCollection and ConditionCheck groups.
Use Origin to record the name of the place of origin of the Material (RMC Material source).
6Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes Complete2.Associations and references
A record of the people, places, activities and other objects connected with the object. Modes records are usually rich in this type of information.
Use the Association and References groups.
Use ObjectIdentity within Related Object to record the record number related to the object being documented (RMC Related object number).If the related record is in a different file, use Filename to record the name of the file.
7Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteUse of the object
A record of the selection and use of the object for exhibition, research, or other activities within the museum.
Use either the ObjectUse or the Exhibition group, depending on the nature of the event.
Use the Commentary group to record exhibition labels or other display text (RMC Label text).
8Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteOwners contributions
Knowledge about the object contributed by a former owner of this, or a similar, object.
Use the Evidence group to record an owners contributions including RMC Owners personal experience and RMC Owners personal response.
The owner and ownership dates can berecorded in the same Evidence group, or separately in an Ownership group.
9Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteViewers contributions
Responses to the object contributed by a visitors, researchers or others interacting with the object within the museum.
Use the Evidence group to record the viewers contributions including RMC Viewers personal experience and RMC Viewers personal response. If there is more than one viewer, repeat the Evidence group to represent each personsindividual contributions. Collective or group contributions can be recorded as a singleEvidence group.
10Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteInformation about the status of the information being recorded.Use the RecordType group to describe the level of the record (collection, group, or item level record?).Use the RecordProgress group to record stages in the amendment of the record. Authority may also be used within any other group to record its amendment.Use Recorder for the main authorship of the record.
Record & attribution information
11Revisiting Museum Collectionswith Modes CompleteFind out more:
Get the RMC toolkit from Collections Linkhttp://www.collectionslink.org.uk/
Get the User Guide from Modeshttp://www.modes.org.uk/members/user-guides- full mapping of RMC / SPECTRUM units of information to Modes elements.
Contact Modes for model templates and element groups.