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Data Access Strategy

TitleData Access Strategy
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsEdson, M.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2006: Proceedings
Conference Start DateMarch 22 - 25
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedAlbuquerque, New Mexico, USA
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordsdata, database, integration, metadata, strategy, Web

Data complexity is the bane of museum Web development. Too much data, complex business rules, ambiguous ownership, multiple platforms, poor documentation, and inadequate funding force many museums to step away from information access projects just at the moment when they are beginning to have enough information to make integration useful. A data strategy focused on reducing complexity in executive, technological, and data-centric domains can provide a stable platform for the development of Web sites, kiosks, and handheld computer guides and can help organizations realize the full value of their information.