Museolog is a software system, developed by EUROCLID within UNESCO HeritageNet project, and localised by NGO Open Systems where initial functions of inputand editing of museum catalogues are provided by a modern intuitive graphical interface using forms and menu.

Museolog offers the following functions:

1. The software enables the creation of a record across several interactive sessions, with the possibility to save non-validated, incomplete records for future completion. Access to the database is controlled with a sophisticated model for managing access rights to various operations and various parts of the database.

2. Managing objects movements and restoration work.
Whenever an object is moved from one place to another within the museum, or from the museum to an external place (loans), the movement is properly recorded. A ?movement sheet? is printed. The software enables to print at any moment the list of all object on loan, with the origin and destination places. In case of restoration work, the type of work (cleaning, etc.), the physical method used, and the reference of the digital photos taken before and after the intervention are recorded.

3. Searching and selecting records.
Searching in the catalogue is possible using Boolean queries. When query terms uses a controlled vocabulary, the user has the possibility to browse the thesaurus or the index valid for this term. Retrieved records will be displayed first as a short list of titles that can be selected by point and click for consulting the full record.

4. Printing records.
Any selected record is printable, eventually with the relevant image inserted in the document.

5. Managing images (digital photographs).
Modern methodologies for museum cataloguing recommend that all objects should be photographed. Digital images are be indexed in the museum database, and archived on recordable CD-R. The CDs themselves are numbered and indexed in the database. For any museum object it is therefore easy to retrieve first the relevant CD, and second the image(s) of the object.

6. Saving and archiving the database.
The user has the possibility to save the current state of the database on a CD-R, and to rebuild it in case of severe hardware or software crash.

7. Exporting data.
A function enables to export selected information from the database in XML format, making possible to transfer data to another database, typically a Web site.

8. Managing thesauri and authority lists.
The user has the possibility to load, browse, edit and export thesauri and terminology resources, hence supporting cooperative terminology definition and exchanges.

   
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