We have started to create a digital record for the museum, in order to make the collections more accessible. This is taking place on two fronts:
A. Scanned pdfs + spreadsheets – less detail, not as searchable – more immediate!
Firstly, we are uploading scanned versions of catalogues. We have started with the mineral and petrological collections.
Secondly, we are making spreadsheets, with information from a) cupboard doors and b) an inventory taken in 2014.
These give an overview of the general collection, including minerals, fossils and rocks (note, however, not all cupboards are included – more material is available).
Links can be found on the collections page or here:
B. Collections management database – searchable, comprehensive, flexible – long term.
Thanks to funding from Geological Survey Ireland, we have been able to set up a collections management database. Our first specimen records have been entered, and the collection can be searched via Arctos. Paleontology data will also be exported to GBIF and can be found through that portal as well.
Images will be added shortly, and we’ll continue to enter new data. We’ll also set up protocols to make data-entry as efficient as possible and tailor the Arctos search page and profile to our collection.
See below for some more information/pictures!