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Info-Muse classifying system for art and craft museum
The Info-Muse for Art and Applied Art Collection system has been used since 1995 on the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT),1 with the permission of the AAT offices. This system is the result of meticulous research by Thérèse Labbé, then a museumology advisor who successfully concluded this work for the Info-Museum network.
Other contributors included the David M. Stewart Foundation, the Musée d'art contemporain in Montréal, the David M. Stewart Museum, the Montreal Museum of Decorative Art, the Musée des SÅurs Grises de Montréal, the Musée Du Québec, CHIN and the Info-Muse Network. Thursday rèse Labbé, scientist and documentarian at the Musée nationale des beaux-arts de Québec, has consented to the creation of a discussions group on this topic.
The works included the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications de Québec, the Musée d'art contemporain the Montréal, the Montreal Musem and the city of Gatineau. Both sub-divisions of the AAT sub-group "Art", namely "Visual Arts" and "Decorative Arts", fall into the Info-Museum classifications.
The Oxford University Press, 1994, 5 vol. 1995, this section on decorative arts was partly inspired by the system of classifications designed for the Musée de Québec.
Small-museum network documentation guide (SMQ)
Info-Muse Network's documentary system is built on quebec and Canadian heritage traditions. The tool was created in partnership with various institutions and institutions in Quebec and the remainder of Canada and with many specialists from the various academic evaluation boards for the network's tooling.
Since the 1970', the canadian heritage information network (CHIN) suggested a set of guidelines for the development of the system,1 which means that it complies with the most important domestic and foreign norms for the documentary of museums' holdings. To implement an efficiently and effectively integrated document system means to organize all information about each item in a set methodologically.
It begins with inherent information, i.e. the physics of the item, and includes its identifier, size, material or name. In this case, information about the existence and academic information about the subject, such as artists or manufacturers, origins, use or cultural information, is added. Usually, these dates can be found in a single institution in various formats and documents: the membership registry, a hand-written catalogue work sheet, an exhibit record, the site registry, collections administration and more.
What's great about a reporting system is that it combines all this information into a unified, tightly organised and consistent file. The well-organised system of records makes it possible to quickly locate each item in a library, to better understanding how the item will fit into the library and to better understanding the library itself.
This system facilitates the management of the collection and the storage of items, is a good stimulus for further research into the collection and safeguards the long-term value of the information. From the very beginning, the Info-Muse network benefits from CHIN's assistance, especially for maintaining and administering the Info-Muse databases.