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Friday, May 31 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
(Discussion Session) Conservation Treatment Documentation Databases

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As conservation moves into the digital age, conservators seek to transition their treatment documentation from the filing cabinet to the database. Database standards for treatment documentation have grown organically and independently among institutions, with solutions of widely varying complexity. This panel discussion seeks to establish trends among systems; to clarify those systems’ relative strengths and weaknesses; to reduce redundancies of effort among developing institutions; and to illuminate future directions in design and use.

This (Discussion Session) will incorporate a variety of database development perspectives: independent, open-source, and vendor-based. Independent databases developed in-house by institutions often rely upon consumer software or contracted programmers. Open-source solutions work toward cooperatively established, interoperable standards. Vendor-based solutions address documentation within existing, proprietary software. Public discussion of these efforts aims to address questions such as:

• What is the basic structure of these various systems?
• How do these systems manage both photographic and written documentation?
• How do databases address the needs of libraries, archives, and museums?
• How can databases facilitate workflow within an institution?
• How do these systems ensure data security?
• What IT support is required for these systems?
• What are the user costs for these systems?
• What data migration might be required in the future?


Jay Hoffman

Gallery Systems

Linda Hohneke

Conservator, Folger Shakespeare Library
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Sarah Norris

Conservator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Sarah Norris is the conservator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, where she designed that institution's book and paper conservation lab. Norris is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation, and serves as webmaster on

Friday May 31, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
JW Marriott Meeting Room 101-102 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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