Cataloguing in a museum setting [was Re: nonsense...]
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Oct 21 14:17:49 CDT 2010
> > I'd like to hear more about what constitutes "cataloging", as I'm a
> > n00b in this respect.
> Just what it sounds like. :-)
> When an item comes into the collection, it is assigned an accession
> number; the standard is yyyy.nnn.mmm, where nnn represents order in
> which the item came in in year yyyy, and mmm is the individual number
> of each piece that makes up the item. If a piece is made up of
> parts (say a tea set, for example) a letter can be suffixed to the
> piece number for each part to make it possible to keep them associated
> even if physically apart. Leading zeroes should be used in the item
> and piece numbers.
What do you mean by 'item','piece' and 'part' here? I can understand an
item being made of several pieces, but why do you need a third level here?
In the case of a classic computer, what would you label? The casing? The
individual PCBs/modules? How would you handle the case of taking 2
effectively identical machines acquired at differnet times and using
parts from bvth to make one working example, or would a museum never do
that? (If the latter, then I consider the policy to be broken!).
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