Preserving Information relating to Instruments in Museums

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Museums not only preserve objects, but also information about these objects. Information can be acquired with the object, generated by the museum, or provided by visitors and other external sources. The kinds of information museums preserve and how they do it vary widely, despite professional codes of good practice and the availability of content management systems tailored to museums. In the case of musical instruments, there are specific kinds of information that do not always fit into commercial packages. This article analyses the various kinds of information relating to musical instruments in terms of importance and vulnerability to loss and degradation, suggests priorities for data storage and long-term preservation, examines some of the systems museums have employed for information storage and retrieval, and discusses what museums can learn from digital preservation techniques adopted by research institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTo Play or Not to Play. Corrosion of Historic Brass Instruments. Romantic Brass Symposium 4
EditorsAdrian von Steiger, Daniel Allenbach, Martin Skamletz
PublisherEdition Argus
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-3-931264-95-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023
EventFourth International Romantic Brass Symposium: To Play or Not to Play. Corrosion of Historic Brass Instruments - Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 22 Feb 201725 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameMusikforschung der Hochschule der Künste Bern
ISSN (Print)2700-8681


ConferenceFourth International Romantic Brass Symposium
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