This year’s Australian VUG will be held at MONA in Hobart, Tasmania on Wed 4th and Thurs 5th of October.
This newsletter includes articles on Auckland Museum’s use of the Topic file, Nelson Provincial Museum’s collection website comments feature, Farnsworth Art Gallery’s new online collection microsite, cataloguing a smartphone app, Gold Coast City Gallery’s use of Vernon CMS, and the results of our 2017 museum survey.
Topic records can go through draft, approval and publication stages, with carefully authored text and subject referencing being retained as an archive for future publication. Auckland Museum has employed the use of the Topic file to collate stories around medal groups, using the system to pull together object data, Cenotaph biographies, photos and narratives.
If comments are more accessible they gain more attention and greater engagement. Since the website redesign was launched in December 2016 there has been a 60% increase in comments posted on objects.
In 2016 the Gallery introduced Vernon Collection Management System which has greatly assisted its preparation for the new facility due 2020. To date, Vernon CMS has facilitated the standardisation, monitoring, and digitisation of a variety of policy and procedures.