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Assessment of the content of the conservation documentation used in memory institutions

In modern world, using the new media for description of our cultural heritage provides amongst the recognized ones and an opportunity to create different levels of access. Objects, which traditionally have been part of static museum collections and could still be visited locally, have started to move in to the internet and in this way, help us to share our cultural heritage.

This means, that conservation documentation, also on handwritten or print form, has to turn on to electronic one. Descriptions on cards were yesterday, almost, but can’t be ignored. Linking the "old" and "new" documentations might be more crucial than it seems at first place, especially in the sense of preservation. More than ever common understanding about terminology, conservation and preservation is needed.

The intent of following checklist is to make an inventory of documentary tools (databases) used by institutions in the field of heritage conservation and restoration.

The short-term objective of this work is to promote the development of databases with similar content, both on print and digital forms.

The long-term objective is to create a website with limited access, which consists of examples (demo-versions) and advice-links about conservation documentation.

When filling the questionnaire, please note, that YES or NO answers were expected, only, of course, more precise information is very welcomed, too. But, when choosing the simplest way, the filling of this checklist should not take more than 10 minutes.

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