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Which IT architecture for our future museums?

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Which IT architecture for our future museums?

Collections management and publishing
This question is raised in every museum containing several collections, documentation centers, libraries, picture libraries, multimedia libraries, or an internet portal. Nowadays, each service, each key player has its own habits, its own tools, which may be isolated, but remain familiar. Most of them have a strictly scientific approach: they gather contents, integrate and create knowledge. Each one preserves its own information, media, dissertations, scientific reports, thesaurus.... In this way, they are supported by software editors who are for the most part (historically) specialized in one domain: library, museum, archive, heritage...

Nowadays, the internet and information technology are shaking up these patterns. An entire museum can be explored on the internet. It must be concluded that programs that were once popular with teams in the cultural sectors are now out of date.

A new generation of programs, a new era: we are at a crossroads.

For many years, the word architecture dealt with “large projects” for museums. But here, we are talking about “monumental” architecture. The examples speak for themselves:

Beaubourg (Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini)
Louvre Pyramid(Leoh Ming Pei)
Quai Branly museum (Jean Nouvel)
International references: the Guggenheim museum of Bilbao (Frank Gerry)

And more recently:

Louvre Lens (Sanaa)
Pompidou Metz (Shigeru Ban)
MUCEM Marseille (Rudy Ricciotti)

Building architecture is the first vector of communication for museums. It is indisputable that a successful project is a project whose architecture is media-centered.
Architects have gain the well-deserved status of “activators” in the world of culture.

The information technology architecture of the future will have to strengthen a museum's media-centered power.
The worldwide web, the communication vector, the tool of reference, will need to be borderless, accessible to the most innovative, fast, lively and in the end very affordable. This new era is able to accomplish a lot...
Universal, transversal, movable: this is the new computer science! Everything is possible... Our old habits are forgotten when we adopt the new technologies (web 2.0), that we invent, innovate, create.

May beautiful projects have the same demand as architecture, be audacious and have a strong sense of innovation. The transition period has reached its end.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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