In the Jungle
of digital world
Head of Exhibition
Finnish Railway Museum
We need to be present in the digital lives of our customers. The government,
our stakeholders, and funders, want us to be open and digital. Our visitors
expects us to provide online material, information, and entertainment from our
exhibitions. We try to find the best way to deal with the digital jungle.
At the Finnish Railway Museum, we have no expertise in digital, being only
10 employees with 100 pieces of rolling stocks, 20,000 pieces of small
objects, 200,000 pieces of pictures, 20,000 blueprints etc., a library of
23,000 volumes and 5,000m² of exhibition space in an old railway area. We
are dealing with the pressure to digitalize and virtualize our collection and the
stories it carries. Since 1997, we have been identified as a national specialised
museum in the field of railway history, and that puts even more pressure on
us to have an online presence to reach our audience nationwide.
Luckily, we have been able to cooperate really well between museums and
other GLAM organisations in Finland.
Our collection management software, originally developed by and for the
National Board of Antiquities, has become outdated. Because we are not
alone, there are a couple of bigger joint development solutions: one is run
by a museum consortium and the other by the Finnish Museum Association.
The advantages of designing and purchasing software together are, besides
sharing technical support, the sharing of policies and built-in thesauri, and
other classification systems specific to museum materials. We can trust that the
cataloguing system is standardised and suitable for Finnish museum practice.
But the best aspect of all of those softwares is how compatible they are with
Finna, the web-interface of Finnish libraries, museums, and archives, led by
2018 CIMUSET IATM