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Discovering physical objects: Meeting researchers’ needs: REPORT

Discovering physical objects: Meeting researchers’ needs: REPORT

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Published by David Connolly
The Research Information Network report Discovering objects: Meeting researchers’ needs investigates how researchers discover and gain access to physical objects and artefacts using four varied subject disciplines as examples of the process: archaeology, art history, earth sciences, and social and economic history.

Many museums face increasing difficulties in providing the levels of support for research and scholarship that some of them did in the past. But the report shows that there is great scope for developing collaboration between museums, galleries and the research community, which would bring benefits to both.

The report finds that researchers want access to online finding aids to enable them to plan their visits to museums and collections, so that they can both see and handle the objects, and that contact with curatorial staff is of critical importance. The evidence gathered shows that most researchers are unaware of the online catalogues that currently exist or are being developed and feel that that there is a lack of consistency and transparency in the arrangements that museums make for researchers’ direct access to objects. However, their most important wish is that online access to museum databases to be provided as quickly as possible, even if the records are imperfect or incomplete.

If you are interested in receiving a hardy copy of the report or finding out more about the project, email sarah.gentleman@rin.ac.uk
The Research Information Network report Discovering objects: Meeting researchers’ needs investigates how researchers discover and gain access to physical objects and artefacts using four varied subject disciplines as examples of the process: archaeology, art history, earth sciences, and social and economic history.

Many museums face increasing difficulties in providing the levels of support for research and scholarship that some of them did in the past. But the report shows that there is great scope for developing collaboration between museums, galleries and the research community, which would bring benefits to both.

The report finds that researchers want access to online finding aids to enable them to plan their visits to museums and collections, so that they can both see and handle the objects, and that contact with curatorial staff is of critical importance. The evidence gathered shows that most researchers are unaware of the online catalogues that currently exist or are being developed and feel that that there is a lack of consistency and transparency in the arrangements that museums make for researchers’ direct access to objects. However, their most important wish is that online access to museum databases to be provided as quickly as possible, even if the records are imperfect or incomplete.

If you are interested in receiving a hardy copy of the report or finding out more about the project, email sarah.gentleman@rin.ac.uk

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Published by: David Connolly on Dec 14, 2008
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Discovering physical objects:Meeting researchers’ needs
A Research Information Network reportOctober 2008www.rin.ac.uk
 
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This document by the Research Information Network is licensed under a Creative CommonsAttribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales LicenseCover pictures (left to right):A Cretaceous pachydiscid ammonite.From Dinn Cliffs, James Ross Island, Antarctica © British Antarctic SurveyDinant sur Muese 1839, Joseph Mallard William Turner, Laing Art Gallery©Tyne & Wear MuseumsGold earrings from the Kyme Treasure. Greek, about 330-300 BC.From Kyme, Asia Minor (modern Turkey) © The Trustees of The British MuseumAn examination of the material collected from the Neolithic site on the Island of Westray.From Behind The Scenes (1987) by Dr Lawrence Mound. © The Natural History Museum, London
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Acknowledgements 4Summary 51. Introduction 8
1.1. Context of the study 81.2. Approach 9
2. Researchers and museum trends 10
2.1. The changing role of museums 102.2. Improving links between researchers and museums 11
3. Researchers’ needs 13
3.1. The importance of accessing the ‘real thing’ 13
3.2. Approaches to finding objects 143.3. Use of online finding aids 163.4. Physical access to objects 163.5. Online finding aids: Researchers’ expectations 183.6. Challenges in meeting researchers’ needs:
Curatorial expertise 22
3.7. Researchers’ contributions to finding aids 233.8. Key findings 24
4. Museums’ perspectives 27
 
4.1. Online finding aids and discovery services 274.2. Barriers to putting information online 334.3. Technological challenges and opportunities 374.4. Cultural change and collaboration 414.5. Funding issues 424.6. Key findings 43
5. Conclusions and recommendations 45Glossary 50References 53
 
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