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Speakers: Victoria Donnellan (British Museum), Paula Granados García (British Museum, Endangered Material Knowledge Programme)

This session considers the use of data about objects and other museum holdings and online collections. What data is recorded in a museum record? Can a museum catalogue accommodate community diversity? What is the distinction between data and metadata (data that provides information about other data), and does this depend on the focus of the record? What data should be accessible, highlighted, foregrounded or concealed in certain contexts? What are the legal and ethical implications of releasing this information? We discuss these questions in the context of the British Museum Collection Database (Mi+) and the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme.

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