Standards Framework for the Computer Interchange of Museum Information

David Bearman and John Perkins

First Edition May 1993

Museum Computer Network


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Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

FOREWORD

READING THIS REPORT

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

GETTING MORE INFORMATION

I. INTRODUCTION TO CIMI

Origins of CIMI
Assumptions
History
Second CIMI Committee Meeting
Third CIMI Committee Meeting
Final CIMI Committee Meeting
CIMI Task Groups

II. INFORMATION STANDARDS

Standards organizations
Standards Frameworks
OSI
OSE
CALS
Interchange

III. REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPUTER INTERCHANGE OF MUSEUM INFORMATION

General Functional Requirement
Museum Applications and their Interchange Requirements
Database Building
Information Retrieval
Business Transactions
Message Handling
Document Handling
File Transfer
Realtime Links

IV. STANDARDS OPTIONS FOR MUSEUM DATA INTERCHANGE

Options for Telecommunications and Media Standards
Options for Museum Interchange Applications
Collections Catalogues and Reference Databases
Information Retrieval
Business Transactions
Messaging and Directory Services
File Transfer
Document Handling
Human/Machine Interaction

V. RECOMMENDATIONS

Museum recommendations
Vendor and Network recommendations
Museum profession recommendations

VI. IMPLEMENTING THE STANDARDS FRAMEWORK FOR CIMI

Implementation strategy
Tasks for present and future CIMI task groups
The future of the CIMI initiative

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF CIMI TERMS

APPENDIX B: REFERENCES