Two New Self-paced Courses - “Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning” and “Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums.”

Course / Cours
Organizing institution(s): Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)and
Canada
Location of event (if online/distance learning please specify): Online platform
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) are excited to share two new self-paced online courses in collaboration with Athabasca University: “Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning” and “Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums.”

“Museum Collections Documentation and Data Cleaning” provides essential museum documentation information for museum staff with all levels of knowledge. It begins with an introductory overview and ends with specific documentation issues. Learners can take the modules in order or choose a module or two that fits their needs.

This course consists of seven modules: •Introduction to documentation of heritage collections
•Introduction to clean data for museums
•Establishing a documentation policy and plan
•Data entry: preventing errors in new data
•Data cleanup and reconciliation: identifying and fixing errors in existing data
•Data migration: migrating or merging data from another system
•How to solve documentation problems

“Preservation Housekeeping for Heritage Sites and Small Museums” covers guidelines, best practices and resources for the regular upkeep of historic interiors and exteriors as well as the contents of historic buildings. This one- to two-hour self-paced course has been designed for those who work or volunteer in small museums or heritage sites and who have little to no training in conservation.

The course consists of six main sections:
•How to clean
•Ten agents of deterioration
•Keeping house
•Housekeeping plan
•Walkarounds
•Health and safety

Self-paced online courses allow heritage professionals and volunteers to access detailed information on various conservation and preservation topics remotely and at their own pace.