Intangible heritage of university earth science collections: some considerations for significance assessment

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    Abstract

    The nature of scientific research in the Earth Sciences has changed markedly in the last couple of decades with a drift away from traditional specimen based investigations. This parallels a similar decline in taxonomic research in the biological sciences. Universities face the task of planning alternative futures for collections that are no longer considered part of their strategic framework for future research.

    Specimens from previously vigorous research programs need careful assessment to avoid the possibility of losing the material basis of much scientific knowledge through hasty reactions to financial constraints. This should be the responsibility of the host institution and represents an investment in the integrity of research carried out in the university's name.

    This paper discusses a range of strategies for assessing the significance of these specialised collections to ensure that their intangible heritage is not lost to future researchers. Apart from traditional elements in significance assessment such as rarity and the accessibility of collecting localities, other less tangible elements such as the impact on scientific understanding that specimens provided through their utilisation in a research program also needs consideration. The task of this form of significance assessment therefore requires specialised knowledge (curatorial and scientific) in the earth science disciplines.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages9
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2004
    EventTraditional culture and intangible heritage in university museums - Coex Convention Centre, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
    Duration: 4 Oct 20047 Oct 2004

    Conference

    ConferenceTraditional culture and intangible heritage in university museums
    CountryKorea, Republic of
    CitySeoul
    Period4/10/047/10/04

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