Collections Digital Strategy Alan Hart Collections Digital Strategy Science Strategy: Challenge: A new generation of natural history museums – revolutionise our collections use and availability. • Vision – what we want to be: The Digital NHM. A new wave of digital Museums • Strategic Goals – planned objectives we want to achieve • Approach to digitisation – how we are going to deliver this new strategy Collections Digital Strategy • • • Infrastructure: complete the databasing of our collections and make this information available in an open digital format Digital Museum: Establish high-throughput digitisation pipelines to make large volumes of our data available digitally Work with our partners to create national virtual natural history collections Measuring success: Ensure 20 million of our specimens are available in digital formats (5 years) Note: anticipate complete in 10 years. Collections Digital Strategy Collections Digital strategy Science Group Planning Conference April 2013. Digitisation strategy. •1. Strategy Development and organisation •2. Digitisation and the generation of a virtual collection •3. Enhance our data, improve our systems •4. Content management •5. Visibility and discovery •6. Strategic alliances •7. Resources, our staff • What are the inter-dependencies? Key is to establish a Digital Programme & associated board to drive forward. 80,000,000 - Wide ranging collection types Collections Digital strategy DEP SPECS RECORDS TYPES WET SLIDES Palaeontology 6,919,207 2,364,232 43,146 1,500 30,000 Mineralogy 423,563 425,000 615 1,200 83,500 Botany 5,863,000 127,200 172,750 908 Unknown Entomology 33,753,257 57,197 612,796 6,736,612 788,159 Zoology 27,501,350 1,986,000 325,000 22,000,000 771,000 TOTALS 74,460,377 4,959,629 1,054,307 28,740,220 1,672,659 L&A 5,460,000 Curatorial challenge – significant backlogs in areas; Effective re-curation and audit of entire collection to a modern standard? Collections Digital strategy • Strategic partnerships, investigate potential for funding, external partnerships (e.g. HLF) Museums in the information age – Survival of the most Digital? – ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund is now willing to invest in digital only projects, as people who do find them will play around and use them in ways we cannot yet imagine - Museums need to evolve to remain relevant in the age in which they operate’ Caroule Souter, Chief Executive HLF Questions?