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NPG Archival Package
The Smithsonian has employed a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS), which provides
tools, processes, and workflows for the ingest, storage, and preservation of the
Smithsonian’s digital assets, in conjunction with The Museum System (TMS),
a collection management system used to catalog and manage the Smithsonian’s collections.
Read a presentation by DAMS Branch Manager Isabel Meyer.
The creation of object and media records in the DAMS and TMS offer a way of cataloging and maintaining time-based media art while also presenting the challenge of capturing the specificities of individual artworks within standardized rubrics. With such varied formats and delivery mechanisms, the Smithsonian strives to find a balance between case-by-case specificities and general practices for acquiring and caring for time-based media art. Each museum is working to build their practices for the preservation of the works in their collections.
A diagram of the National Portrait Gallery’s Archival Process depicts the documentation and housing of the structural and collections information of an archived artwork (artist interviews, metadata, codec software, codec information, and exhibition information, among other data). See the Case Studies for more information on the strategies of each Museum.