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Functional Requirements for Exhibit Management Systems

Overmire, Rozell. Functional Requirements for Exhibit Management Systems, Pittsburgh: Archives & Museum Informatics, 1989.

Table of Contents

I. Exhibit Management
A. Definitions - Exhibits Process (PDF)
B. Exhibit Management System Requirements (PDF)
1. Documentation and Reporting
2. Planning and Evaluation
C. Travelling Exhibit Management System Requirements (PDF)
1. Travelling Exhibit Automation:
Use of Commercial Generic Software
D. Relationships between Exhibit Management Systems and Collections (PDF) Management Systems
II. Exhibit Process
A. Exhibit Processes in Art, History and Science Museums (PDF)
B. Paperwork: Acquisition, Administration & Reference (PDF)
1. Forms and Data Elements - Examples of Computer Databases for Travelling Exhibits in Art Museums
2. Unpublished Computer Use for Travelling Exhibits in Art Museums
III. Results of 1986-7 Survey & Case Study of Art Museum Travelling Exhibit Automation
A. A National Survey of Art Museums (PDF)
1. Survey - Purpose and Method
2. Survey Results - Data Analysis
3. Survey Update
B. A Case Study and Needs Assessment of One Museum (PDF)
1. Study - Purpose and Method
2. Products
a. FAM Task Flow Chart
b. Grid Charts
c. Data Dictionary
d. An Analysis of Software & Hardware
Figures: Task Flow Chart
Grid Charts
Departmental Exhibit Roles
C. Planning Issues (PDF)
1. Overall Planning - Project Management Software
2. Space Planning - CADD, Drawing, and Desktop Publishing Software
D. Site Analysis of Installed Exhibit Systems (PDF)
IV. Requirements - Summary and Conclusions
A. Study Conclusions (PDF)
B. Altering Museum Practices (PDF)
C. Information Exchange (PDF)
D. Future Research Suggestions (PDF)
Appendix A. Data Dictionary (PDF)
Appendix B. Short List of Operating Exhibit Systems
Software Vendors with Exhibit Systems (PDF)
Appendix C. Selective Bibliography (PDF)


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