On Thursday (14/10) we went to ACMI where we met with Michael Perry, Head of Media Technology (and MME Site coordinator) and Nick Richardson, Collections and Access Manager. The meeting went well and even though ACMI are in the midst of a collection re-valuation, they were enthusiastic about their involvement in the project and especially interested in the establishment of an Australian Object thesaurus.
On Friday (15/10) Lynne and I presented the MME to Museum Victoria staff and again the project was very well received. While the Museum already has many collection descriptions it can modify for inclusion in the MME, Curators were also keen to develop some new collection groupings and descriptions specifically tailored to a research and academic audience.
The issue of how all the data required for a Full Collection Description could be stored the Museum’s CMS, EMu, was also raised during the meeting. As many of the missing fields like a second description field and a URL for an online link, could be useful for other purposes, the possibility of modifying EMu in the future to accommodate this data was discussed. The potential involvement other EMu sites, contributing to the MME, in this conversation was also considered.
As with other sites we’ve visited, the Object thesaurus component of the project generated much interest and the ability to vote for terms was greeted with great enthusiasm by several people!
Since last week’s meeting at Museum Victoria, Ely Wallis, Manager, Online Collections, has organised fortnightly meetings for those involved in the MME, and Curators expect to have a initial list of 50 collections selected for the MME in about a fortnight.
Image Credit: Objects from Matchbox Collection Powerhouse Museum Collection