Author’s post-publication version of: Dallas, Costis (1992) Information systems and cultural knowl-edge: the Benaki Museum case.
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Information systems and culturalknowledge: the Benaki Museum case
This paper presents an overview of documentation activities and plans inthe Benaki Museum, a very young participant in the museum automationarena. It is organised in three parts. Firstly, an account is given of theBenaki Museum's distinctive physiognomy and of its information strategy,suited to its character and mission. Secondly, the activities of the pilotdocumentation programme and the present activities of the newly-founded Documentation Department are presented. Lastly, the plannedMITOS information system of the Museum is introduced, preceded by adiscussion of some pertinent aspects of the complexity of cultural knowl-edge, which must be captured by the system. Acknowledgements for helpand stimulation with ideas presented here are due to the staff of theDocumentation Department, to the researchers of ICS/FORTH, and to mycolleagues in the Documentation Committee of ICOM.
The Benaki Museum and its information strategy
The Benaki Museum was founded in 1930 by Anthony Benaki, who for thispurpose offered to the nation his art collections and Neoclassical residencein central Athens, and continued to care for the Museum's well-being untilhis death in 1954. In the sixty two years of its history it expanded consid-erably through the support of numerous benefactors, who offered their
This is the author’s post-publication version of the paper published in
in1992. Pagination differs from the published version. The MITOS information system men-tioned here is also known as CLIO, and was subsequently deployed by ICS/FORTH in sev-eral other institutions; conceptual work for MITOS/CLIO was a foundation for the subse-quent development of the CIDOC CRM international standard (Author’s comment, 2010).