The Collections Trust has launched an innovative free online service which allows museum and arts professionals to compare the features of leading Collections Management Systems (CMS). The new platform helps museums and galleries find the right software for their needs across more than 40 different criteria, saving them time and money, and supporting their future development.
Visit it now at www.collectionslink.org.uk/softwaresurvey.
The service provides access to the latest information from the Collections Trust’s Software Survey 2012-13, with detailed specifications for SPECTRUM Partner systems. Users can compare the features of up to four systems at a time, vastly simplifying the procurement process.
The comparison service will help those seeking to acquire or change their CMS, and those who just want to compare their current system against others. Among vital areas covered are costs, training, interoperability, format support, and user references.
Collections Trust Partnerships Manager Laura Whitton says: “Choosing a collections management system is a hugely important task, and requires careful deliberation in so many areas. It is likely to be a long-term investment at the heart of an institution’s collections management strategy.
“By updating the Survey and introducing this new functionality, the Collections Trust is supporting organisations by providing a unique and helpful starting point which saves time and money. It also guarantees the SPECTRUM Partner standard.”
The Collections Trust manages SPECTRUM worldwide. It is the world’s leading independent professional organisation for Collections Management, and works with museums, archives, libraries, galleries, historic properties and private collectors to shape and promote best practice for Collections and their users.
Through the SPECTRUM Partners Scheme, collection and digital asset management software vendors obtain a licence for the commercial use of SPECTRUM within their systems. Only SPECTRUM Partners can state they are “SPECTRUM Compliant”, following a rigorous formal testing process to ensure their system can support the internationally acknowledged SPECTRUM Standard.
Visit the CMS Software Survey at www.collectionslink.org.uk/softwaresurvey.