Improved museum data aim of audit

A planned major Otago Museum audit, which will be ushered in by a big pilot project next February, aims to improve the quality of data available about collection items, museum organisers say.

The museum had "an internationally significant collection of items" in both humanities and natural science, museum officials noted in a recently released report.

Because of historical collection management practices that had been common in the museum sector, the level of catalogue data supporting collection items was "of variable quality and completeness".

Significant improvements in the management of collection data had been made in recent years, but the "lack of consistently entered and complete collection data" still needed to be addressed, the report indicated.



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