Digitising collections 

Where can I find information about digitising a collection?

Digitisation is becoming more and more important for museums, galleries, and collectors. Although it can be a time consuming process, there are many benefits to creating digital records. Museum staff and the public can usually access digital copies of important objects more easily than they can the objects themselves. This increases the access and appreciation of collections, while also protecting objects from too much handling and motion, which can better preserve them for years to come.

When starting a project to digitise your collection, develop a plan first. Don’t feel like you have to digitise every object. Digital copies require ongoing management and updating as technologies evolve and storage mediums change, so select the more important items in your collection and start with them.

For information on how to digitise your collection the following links can help:

Digitising your collection

How-to video: photographing 2D works

Photographing collection items - Museums Australia Victoria

Digitisation presentations

An introduction to digital imaging for museums and galleries, in four parts:

Part 1: Getting started, Archiving, Image integrity and File types (PDF, 742kB)

Part 2: Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO, White balance, Histograms and Exposure (PDF, 2.72MB)

Part 3: Post-production, Tripods, Autofocus, Photographing behind glass (PDF, 3.15MB)

Part 4: Portraits, Composition, Installations and Quick guide (PDF, 1.82MB)

Learn more about choosing the right collection managment system for your organisation.

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