Course Syllabus

  1. Core Theoretical Concepts and General Definitions

    Objective: Gain knowledge of theoretical concepts and general definitions associated with the documentation of heritage collections.

    Duration: Reading: 5 to 10 minutes

  2. Efficient Documentation of Collections: The How and Why

    Objective: Understand the importance of documenting heritage collections. Identify the main steps and the purpose of each step.

    Duration: Reading: 15 to 20 minutes Quiz: 15 minutes

  3. Adopting a Descriptive System and Standards for Documenting Heritage Collections

    Objective: Select appropriate tools for the selected documentation process and the objectives of a heritage collection development project. Identify the various types of standards and understand the advantages and constraints related to the application of documentation standards.

    Duration: Reading: 20 to 30 minutes Exercise: 20 minutes

  4. Planning a Collection Development Project

    Objective: Ensure the success of a heritage collection development project through effective planning.

    Duration: Reading: 10 to 15 minutes Quiz: 15 minutes

  5. Practical Exercises Section
  6. Bibliography and Mediagraphy
    1. International and National Organizations, Museological and Professional Associations
    2. Bibliographies and Directories
    3. Documentation and Standardization of Collections
    4. Collections Management
    5. Digitizing Collection Images
    6. Online Dissemination of Collections
  7. Credits and Acknowledgements
  8. Copyright
  9. Cataloguing Form
  10. Full course content

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