The Museum Computer Network and the Museum Software Foundation have released MuseTech Central, a searchable directory of technology-related museum projects. Searchable categories include digital asset management systems, digitization, and publishing tools among others.
JISC has published JISC Programme Synthesis Study: Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions: A Review of the 4-04 Programme on Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions for the JISC Information Environment: Part II: Programme Synthesis.. The report covers a number of projects, including LIFE, MANDATE, PARADIGM, PRESERV, and SHERPA DP.
Here's an excerpt from UKOLN News:
Written by Maureen Pennock, DCC researcher at UKOLN, the study provides a comprehensive and categorised overview of the outputs from the entire programme. Categories include training, costs and business models, life cycles, repositories, case studies, and assessment and surveys. Each category includes detailed information on project outputs and references a number of re-usable project-generated tools that range from software services to checklists and guidance.
Here's an excerpt from the MOAC homepage:
Building on previous successful work in the areas of standards and online collections access, the new MOAC software tool, the Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD), has been developed as both a utilitarian tool and as a test case for exploring more general issues of content sharing and community tool development. This tool has two primary functions that can be used together or separately: it provides basic digital asset management for simple to complex media objects and it easily transforms collections information into an extensible variety of standards-based XML formats, such as METS and OAI, to allow even small organizations without technical staff to share their collections broadly and participate in building a national network of culture. DAMD was developed as an "open solution," built on FileMaker Pro software (8.5 or above) because of the broad base of installed users of FileMaker in the museum and arts communities. DAMD is available for free to cultural organizations. The tool, and its unique export/transform functions (detailed in the documentation), are open-ended, allowing organizations to customize the tool for themselves or the community to improve the tool for all.
The JISC-funded MIDESS Project is examining issues related to the management of digital audio, images, video, and other digital content in distributed digital repositories as well as at the national level. It is being conducted by the London School of Economics, University College London, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Leeds.
Here is an excerpt from the "Aims and Objectives of the MIDESS Project" page:
- The MIDESS project will be building digital content databases at three of the partner institutions . . .
- These databases will be populated with digital content which has already been created, or is currently under creation, by the partner institutions. . . .
- Opportunities for the sharing and re-use of digital collections across institutions will be explored . . .
- Metadata standards will be established, and metadata developed, for each collection added to the repositories. . . .
- MIDESS will explore the role of digital content databases with a particular focus on interoperability with enterprise content management architectures.
- MIDESS will also aim to establish how distributed digital repositories could encourage the wider exposure and sharing of content across institutions through an evaluation of requirements for centralised metadata harvesting services.
- MIDESS will seek to pilot an infrastructure which could serve as a model for future distributed national digitisation activities.
The project has produced a number of interesting documents, especially the detailed workpackages, which deal with issues such as digital preservation, enterprise storage, intellectual property, and user requirements.