The museum documentation deals with the documentation in museums . It comprises the collection, indexing and making available of information on museum objects . Museum documentation can be viewed as a branch of museology .
Cataloging , i.e. incorporation of the object into the classification of the museum, takes place parallel to the documentation . In the past, this was mostly done using a system based on index cards, but today more and more modern database systems are used for this purpose (e.g. Axiell Collections, Daphne , IMDAS etc.), which often have modules for the online presentation of the objects as well as (e.g. the object databases of the German Historical Museum , the National Museums in Berlin , the City History Museum in Leipzig etc.). In addition, a start was made to make the online resources of the various institutions in Germany centrally accessible nationally ( BAM portal ) and internationally ( Europeana ) using a common search engine . The number of museum objects is naturally less than the documented materials from archives and museums.
While libraries and archives can access or create specific titles in order to classify an object relatively precisely, indexing museum objects is much more difficult. For this reason, controlled vocabulary such as thesauri , classifications such as Iconclass and keyword catalogs are also of great importance in museology. The Swiss Walter Trachsler in particular did pioneering work in this area for museums of cultural history .
- Documentation languages : classification , thesaurus ...
- Institute for Museum Research
- CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model ( International Committee on Documentation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CIDOC))
- Guide to the documentation of museum objects. - Berlin: Deutscher Museumsbund, 2011, ISBN 978-3-9811983-6-2 ( PDF file: 1.8 MB ).
- Search for museum documentation in the SPK digital portal of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
- Information portal for museum documentation
- Documentation specialist group at the German Museum Association
- Museum documentation at the Institute for Museum Research
- Museum documentation in the Association of Museums in Switzerland (VMS)
- Data field catalog for the basic inventory of the documentation working group of the German Museum Association
- Object database of the German Historical Museum
- Object database of the Leipzig City History Museum
- DigiCult Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg
- DigiCult Saarland
- MusIS - State-wide museum information system at the Baden-Württemberg Library Service Center
- Spectrum - International Standard for Collections Management
Universities and courses of study
- Museology course at the HTWK Leipzig
- Bachelor's degree in museum studies at HTW Berlin
- Master's degree in museum management and communication at HTW Berlin
- Guide for the documentation of museum objects. - Berlin: Deutscher Museumsbund, 2011, ISBN 978-3-9811983-6-2 , p. 15
- Karin Ludewig: Norm data in the museum documentation ( German , PDF; 78 kB) In: 5th BSZ colloquium on November 25, 2003 in Mannheim . BSZ. P. 80. November 19, 2008. Accessed on January 22, 2010: “Iconclass is an international classification system for the iconographic description of images and is therefore of interest for art and cultural history museums and research. [...] The state of Baden-Württemberg has acquired such licenses for the use of Iconclass in the art museums of the state of Baden-Württemberg. Iconclass is already being used at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe [...] “ ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- cf. www.museumsvokabular.de