The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided a $90,000 grant to LYRASIS in October 2017 for a six month project to research current technology uses in museums, especially in relationship to collections information management. Working with consultants from the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) and Ithaka S+R, LYRASIS will investigate the museum technology landscape around collections and how well it supports internal operations as well as community engagement. Surveys and interviews in December 2017 and January 2018 will gather information about current practices and identify opportunities to leverage collections information technologies in support of public-facing programs and inter-institutional collaborations. LYRASIS and the consulting team will look for diverse perspectives from a variety of institutions focused on non-textual collections.
Final reports and datasets will be made openly available here in spring 2018 to share findings and support community dialogue around potential future directions.