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Of Interest to Museum Professionals


! American Museum of Natural History and The Paleontology Portal, Collections Management: A Resource for Managing Fossil Collections. This site is divided into four sections (acquiring, storing, tracking, sharing), describing the main activities in managing a fossil collection.

R. Beaman et al. (2004): Determining Space from Place for Natural History Collections: In a Distributed Digital Library Environment. D-Lib Magazine, 10.

! W. Berendsohn, Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG): TDWG Subgroup on Biological Collection Data, Software for Biological Collection Management. This page lists software which is used in collection management. See also: Standards, Information Models, and Data Dictionaries for Biological Collections.

BiologyBrowser (produced by Thomson Scientific). This is a free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community.

C. Bisulca et al. (2012): Variation in the Deterioration of Fossil Resins and Implications for the Conservation of Fossils in Amber. In PDF, American Museum of Natural History.

V. Blagoderov and V.S. Smith (2012): Bringing collections out of the dark. In PDF, ZooKeys, 209: 1-6.

V. Blagoderov et al. (2012): No specimen left behind: industrial scale digitization of natural history collections. In PDF, Zookeys, 2012, (209): 133-146.

Brent H. Breithaupt, University of Wyoming Laramie:
An Introduction,from Tapping Educational Resources.
See especially: Museums: The Underutilized Resource.

J.A. Catalani (2011): Assuring a Paleontological Legacy. In PDF, go to PDF page 24. American Paleontologist, 19.

! Collections Management. From the American Museum of Natural History and PaleoPortal. A Resource for Managing Fossil Collections.

CollectiveAccess. This is a highly configurable cataloguing tool and web-based application for museums, archives and digital collections. Available free of charge!

J. Delaney (2008): An Inconvenient Truth? Scientific Photography and Archival Ambivalence. In PDF Archivaria, 65 (The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists).

Deutsche Naturwissenschaftliche Forschungssammlungen (DNFS). In German.

Deutscher Museumsbund (the German Museums Association). The website of the German interest group for museums and museum staff. Go to: Stellenangebote (in German).

Fossil Preparation (American Museum of Natural History and The Paleontology Portal). Go to: Labeling.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ): Deutsche Naturkundemuseen: Am gleichen Knochen ziehen? March 27, 2015, in German. About consolidation trends of German natural science museums.

The Geological Curators´ Group (affiliated to the Geological Society of London). They are a national organisation dedicated to improving the status of geology in museums and raise the standard of geological curation.

Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS). GfBS-Newsletters, and AG Kuratoren: Literatur, Dokumente, Links. In German.
The link is to a version archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.

L. Herzog (2011): Institutional Analysis of a Natural History Museum: Formation and dissemination of scientific knowledge. In PDF.

D.M. Jarzen, Florida Museum of Natural History: Paleobotany Collection Policies.

K.G. Johnson et al. (2011): Climate Change and Biosphere Response: Unlocking the Collections Vault. In PDF, BioScience, 61: 147-153. This expired link is available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.

Kenneth G. Johnson (Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London), Harry F. Filkorn, and Mary Stecheson: Paleontology Collections on the World Wide Web: The Missing Link. Palaeontologia Electronica Vol. 8 (2); October 2005.

T.S. Karim et al. (2016): Digitization workflows for paleontology collections. Palaeontologia Electronica.

J. Kovar-Eder (2014): Deutschlands naturkundliche Sammlungen - Ausgangslage und Relevanz der Sammlungen als Forschungsinfrastruktur (in German). PDF file, go to PDF page 10. Mitteilungen und Berichte aus dem Institut für Museumsforschung, 52.

Jere H. Lipps: Into Focus: Museums and Their Exhibits. Palaeontologia Electronica 10(2), 2007.

Giles Miller (website hosted by Natural History Museum, London): Curator of Micropalaeontology´s Blog.

P.C. Murphey et al. (2014): A foundation for best practices in mitigation paleontology. In PDF. Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Fossil Resources Rapid City, SD. Dakoterra, 6: 243–285.

! P.C. Murphey et al. (2004): Georeferencing of museum collections: A review of problems and automated tools, and the methodology developed by the Mountain and Plains Spatio-Temporal Database- Informatics Initiative (Mapstedi). In PDF, PhyloInformatics 3: 1-29.

The National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior (the Museum Management Program (MMP), part of the National Center for Cultural Resources Stewardship):
! NPS Museum Handbook. This is a reference guide on how to manage, preserve, document, access and use museum collections. Go to:
Part I: Museum Collections.
Part II, Museum Records.
Part III, Museum Collections Use.
All files are in PDF format. See especially:
! Appendix U: Curatorial Care of Paleontological and Geological Collections (in PDF).
Appendix K: Photography (in PDF).

! A. Newman (1998): Pyrite oxidation and museum collections: a review of theory and conservation treatments. In PDF, Geological Curator 6: 363-371.

! L.R. Novick et al. Depicting the tree of life in museums: guiding principles from psychological research. In PDF, see also here.

D.R. Oldroyd (ed.), 2002: The Earth Inside and Out: Some Major Contributions to Geology in the Twentieth Century. In PDF, Geological Society Special Publication 192.
Table of contents on PDF page 6. See especially:
! PDF page 336, S.J. Knell: Collecting, conservation and conservatism: late twentieth century developments in the culture of British geology.

M.E. Popa (2010): Field and laboratory techniques in plant compressions: an integrated approach. PDF file, Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae, 7: 279-283.

Stefanie Schramm, Die Zeit: Die Leichen im Keller. A documentation attempt of nearly forgotten university biology collections (including palaeontology collections) in Germany (in German).

Andreas Sentker und Urs Willmann, Die Zeit: Die Arche vor dem Untergang (in German). State of the art of natural science museums and collections in Germany.

SESAR, the Solid Earth SAmple Registry (an NSF funded project, by geosamples.org): SESAR is building a web-based digital registry for solid earth samples that will provide for the first time a way to uniquely name and identify samples on a global scale by means of the International Geo Sample Number IGSN. Establishing SESAR and the IGSN will have a wide-ranging impact on sample and data management, especially with respect to sample sharing and data integration, addressing a basic requirement for interoperability among information systems for sample-based data.

! C.H. Shute and C.J. Cleal (1987), starting on PDF page 16: Palaeobotany in museums. In PDF, The geological curator. See also PDF page 19:
"What makes a good research paleobotany collection?"

R. Silverman and C.M. Sinopoli (2011): Besieged! Contemporary political, cultural and economic challenges to museums in the academy as seen from Ann Arbor. In PDF.

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC). SPNHC is a multidisciplinary organization to encourage research on the essential requirements for preserving, storing, studying, and displaying natural history collections and to provide a bridge between natural history collection managers and relevant technical, professional and both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Website hosted by the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Calgary. See also:
Guidelines for the Care of Natural History Collections. This document is meant to serve as a tool for institutions and their staffs to continue to elevate the standards of managing and caring for natural history collections. It has been particularly gratifying that the review and comments have involved individuals from all of the professions associated with the use and care of natural history collections: collection managers, curators, conservators, administrators, research scientists, registrars, archivists, etc.

Steinkern.de: For preserving the right to collect. See also here (in German).
See especeally: ! For preserving the right to privately collect fossils.

! SYNTHESYS, the European Union-funded integrated activities grant.
This project which began in September 2013 comprises 20 European natural history museums, Universities and botanic gardens and research organisations. It aims to create an integrated European infrastructure for researchers in the natural sciences.
A core element in SYNTHESYS is to provide funded researcher visits (Access) to the 390,000,000 specimens housed by SYNTHESYS institutions.

B.A. Thomas (2016): A Carboniferous Fossil Forest in North Wales: Problems and Potentials Associated with Developing and Conserving a "Soft-Rock" Site. Geoheritage.

Keith S. Thomson, Natural History at Oxford University and Oxford University Museum: Natural History Museum Collections in the 21st Century (an ActionBioscience.org original interview, American Institute of Biological Sciences).

J.W.F. Waldron et al. (2016): Building an Outdoor Classroom for Field Geology: The Geoscience Garden. Abstract, Journal of Geoscience Education, 64: 215-230. See also here.

! Cornelia Weber, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Berlin: The History of Scientific Collections (supported by the the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG). The project intends to catalogue German universities' collections and to compile extensive data on the holdings and history of these collections, in order to form the basis of a specific investigation into the history of science and a historical analysis of collecting. Go to: University museums and collections in Germany (under construction).

! Whirl-i-Gig (a software development firm working in the varied worlds of museums, biological research and conservation, natural history, material culture, and art history): CollectiveAccess (formerly known as OpenCollection). This is a full-featured collections management and online access application for museums, archives and digital collections. CollectiveAccess is freely available open-source software.

P. Wolniewicz (2009): Easily-accessible digital palaeontological databases - a new perspective for the storage of palaeontological information. In PDF, Geologos, 15: 181-188.















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Palaeobotanical and Palaeontological Collections@

! ResearchGate and Other Academic Social-Networking Sites@
Search for Palaeobotanists, Botanists and Palaeontologists@
Botany and Biology Institutions@
Selected Botanical Gardens and Herbaria@
Renowned Palaeobotanists@
Palynolocical Associations@
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Temporary Exhibitions


! Fossilien: Terminkalender (in German).

Lutz Geißler, Sehmatal-Neudorf: Netzwerk für Geowissenschaftliche Öffentlichkeitsarbeit. In German. Go to:
! Geoscience exhibitions in Germany.

Generaldirektion der Staatlichen Naturwissenschaftlichen Sammlungen Bayerns, München (The Bavarian Natural History Collections, the largest union of Natural History institutions in Germany): Natural Science Museums in Bavaria, Special exhibitions.

GeoZentrum Nordbayern: Geological and palaeontological institutes and museums in Germany. A link directory, in German.

! Paläontologische Gesellschaft (an association for German speaking palaeontologists): Tagungen. (in German).

! The Paleontology Portal (produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey, with funding from the National Science Foundation). The Paleontology Portal is a website providing a central, interactive entry point to North American paleontology resources on the Internet. Go to: Calendar of Events. Palaeo meetings and special events.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Exhibitions.

Andreas Thinschmidt, Österreichischer Archäologiebund: Veranstaltungen in Wien und Niederösterreich. Go to: Ausstellungen. Temporary exhibitions in Vienna and Austria (in German).

Vereinigung der Freunde der Mineralogie und Geologie (VFMG) e.V. (in German).

Wikipedia:
! List of natural history museums.
! Liste naturhistorischer Museen.










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Arthur Anderson: The Lost Museum of Sciences. A comprehensive index of science museum links throughout the world. See also: http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/museum/88/index.html

! University of California in Berkeley: Natural History Museums. A comprehensive list.

BiologyBrowser (produced by Thomson Scientific). This is a free web site offering resources for the life sciences information community. Go to: Subject > Museums > Natural History Museums. Snapshot taken by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.

! Jonathan Bowen (Dept. of Computer Science, University of Reading), Oxford University Computing Laboratory (OUCL), Archive Service: Museums. This page provides searching facilities for museums around the world. With search engine.

John Burke, Oakland Museum of California, The Virtual Library: Museums in the USA.

Jonathan Bowen, School of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics (SCISM), South Bank University, London (The Virtual Library): Virtual Library museums pages. A distributed directory of on-line museums.

! DFG-Senatskommission für geowissenschaftliche Gemeinschaftsforschung: Museen und Schausammlungen. Link directory of German palaeontology and mineralogy museums (in German).

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (DGG):
Museen - global (in German).

GeoZentrum Nordbayern: Geological and palaeontological institutes and museums in Germany. A link directory, in German.

Glen J. Kuban, North Royalton, OH: Kuban´s Guide to Natural History Museums on the Web. This site features one of the largest directories of natural history museums on the World Wide Web. Included are any museums or exhibits that feature displays on fossils, paleontology, and related subjects.

Rex Bing Hung Kwok, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales: Palaeontology. Go to: Palaeontological Collections in Museums, and Exhibits of Private Palaeontological Collections.

A. Maas, Section for Biosystematic Documentation, University of Ulm, Germany: Natural History Museums in Germany (in German). Snapshot taken by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.

! N. MacLeod, PaleoNet: Places to go. Links to museums.

Gordon McKenna, Cambridge, mda and Virtual Library Museums: Museums around the UK on the Web.

Mark W. Maimone, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh: Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide. This page contains pointers to public museums with a strong emphasis on interactive science education.

! Jim Mills, Mills Geological: Museums of Interest. An annotated link list especially of museums with petrified wood collections in the United States.

Museen in der Schweiz. Swiss Museums.

MuseumStuff.com (a product of Discovery Media, San Diego, California). Museumstuff.com is dedicated to creating a web based guide to museum related information. This information includes links to museum websites and virtual exhibits, educational and entertaining games and activities, and extensive learning resources concerning topics typically promoted through art, science and history museums.

! Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris: Sciences de la Terre, Natural History Science Museums in France (in French). An index.

Natural Science Collections Alliance. The Natural Science Collections Alliance is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit association that supports natural science collections, their human resources, the institutions that house them, and their research activities for the benefit of science and society.

! Oxford University: Virtual Library museums pages: Index of museums around the world, categorized by country and type. Also available via Sweden, http://www.icom.org/vlmp/ or USA, Stanford University.

Adam L. Schiff, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS. Links to museums and collections worldwide.

! Biological Research Collections in Germany, University of Ulm: Links to German Natural Science Museums.

! Virtual Library, Museums Pages, and Virtual Library museums pages. A distributed directory of on-line museums. See also: Historisches Centrum Hagen, Virtual Library Museen (in German). The Virtual Library Museums contains museum related information in Germany and in German-language countries.

! Cornelia Weber, Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Berlin: The History of Scientific Collections (supported by the the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG). The project intends to catalogue German universities' collections and to compile extensive data on the holdings and history of these collections, in order to form the basis of a specific investigation into the history of science and a historical analysis of collecting. Go to: University museums and collections in Germany (under construction).

! Webmuseen.de: Natural History Museums in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (in German).

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
! List of natural history museums.
! Liste naturhistorischer Museen.

Zentralregister biologischer Forschungssammlungen in Deutschland (ZEFOD). The ZEFOD project is a co-operation of the German Centre for Documentation and Information in Agriculture (ZADI), the Botanical Institute and Botanic Garden of the University of Bonn and the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK).












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Access to Natural History Museums and Collections


First of all ...

Wikipedia:
! List of natural history museums.
! Liste naturhistorischer Museen.

Dinosaur Museum Aathal, Switzerland.
Royal Terrell Museum, Alberta, Canada.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico, See also:
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Web-based Paleo-database Home Page. Snapshot provided by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
Naturkundemuseum Bamberg, Germany.
Naturhistorischen Museum Basel, Switzerland
Urweltmuseum Oberfranken, Bayreuth
The Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), University of California at Berkeley. Worth checking out: Beth Schachter, HMS Beagle, Windows into Paleontology. Annotated links about Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology, from Beagle Site Review, Issue 39.
Naturhistorisches Forschungsinstitut, Museum für Naturkunde, Zentralinstitut der Humboldt-Universität, Berlin.See also:
Gretchen Vogel, Science magazine: Berlin's Scientific Treasure House Shakes Off the Dust. Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 35-37; 2004. After decades in suspended animation, the Museum für Naturkunde has adopted 21st century methods in a campaign to recapture its former glory.

Museum of Natural History, Mineralogy and Petrology, Bern.
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum, Germany.
Goldfuß-Museum, Bonn Germany.
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales "Bernardino Rivadavia" Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo de Geología y Paleontología, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museum of Natural History Chemnitz, Germany.
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, USA.
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Chile
Geomuseum Clausthal , Germany.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland OH.
Geological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Germany.
Museum für Mineralogie und Geologie, Staatliche Naturhistorische Sammlungen Dresden, Germany.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Drumheller, Canada.
See also: Introduction to the Special Issue commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, with a summary of the museum´s early history and its research contributions. By J.D. Gardner et al. (2015). In PDF, Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.
Jura-Museum Eichstätt, Germany.
Museum Terra Triassica Euerdorf, Germany.
Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Natural history museum, Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze, Florence.
Senckenberg world of biodiversity Frankfurt, Görlitz, Dresden. Three natural history museums and six research institutes in Germany achieve research in bio- and geosciences under the roof of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN).
Geoscience Museum, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.

Teylers Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Naturhistorisches Museum Heilbronn; Germany
Muschelkalkmuseum Hagdorn, Ingelfingen, Germany
The Geological Museum, Geological Survey of Japan
This expired link is available through the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
See also here.
Museo de La Plata, Argentina.
Musée Cantonal de Géologie à Lausanne.
Museum Naturalis, National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands.
National Museums, Liverpool
The Natural History Museum, London.
Redpath Museum, Faculty of Science of the McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
The Earth History Museum, Vernadsky State Geological Museum, Moscow
LWL-Museum für Naturkunde, Münster, Germany
Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven.
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), Ithaca, New York: Museum of the Earth. The museum will make the world-class collections and scientific expertise of PRI available to a wider public, and serve as a resource for teachers and students.
Otmar Kleindienst, Private Triassic Museum, Ochsenfurt-Kleinochsenfurt (in German).
Museum of Natural History, Oslo, Norway.
University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, UK.
Muséum National d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris
Fundy Geological Museum, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università di Pisa.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh.
National Museum Prague, Czech Republic.
Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, USA.
The Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Museum of Natural History, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde, Stuttgart
Australian Museum, Sydney.
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden.
Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Earth Sciences Museum, Waterloo, Ontario. Museum on the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Palaeontological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland.











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