Macquarie University's Museum Collections Mapping Project

G. Hammond, A. Simpson, J. Thogersen

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This paper focuses on the initial stages of a pilot project, seeking to support and develop object-based learning within the university curriculum across Macquarie University – and to showcase the value of collections as research infrastructure. It is the first multi-site museum project to receive funding at this university – because of expected value anticipated by the removal of potential barriers between the learning and teaching community and university collections.
Potential convergence brought about by the implementation of a university-wide collection database, literary sources, archives, and appropriate technical advances makes this project feasible. The initial task involved a qualitative review of units on campus (including unit guides, assessment tasks, online content, lecture and tutorial topics) to create a shortlist, spanning five faculties. The aim is to achieve high-impact benefits from the integration of objects in the Australian History and Ancient Cultures museum collections. This process has informed the development of a focused short list.
While results are still unfolding, the development of collection sharing pathways (utilising existing technologies) is informing the prioritisation of items for digitisation and sharing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2018
EventReframing University Collections - Research Infrastructure - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 6 Apr 20186 Apr 2018


SeminarReframing University Collections - Research Infrastructure
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    Hammond, G., Simpson, A., & Thogersen, J. (2018). Macquarie University's Museum Collections Mapping Project. 7. Abstract from Reframing University Collections - Research Infrastructure, Canberra, Australia.