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CollectionSpace awards first mini-grants to museum partners

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CollectionSpace has awarded its first ever mini-grants, to museums and collecting institutions in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.

The mini-grants will assist institutions in implementing the project’s web-based, open source collections management software, and to participate in design and development work to extend CollectionSpace benefits to a broader set of communities.

The following are among the mini-grant recipients:

  • The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum will use CollectionSpace to catalog their holdings of thousands of ethnographic artifacts and works of art related to China and Chinese in America.
  • The GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt and the Pacific Bonsai Museum, will design and develop a bonsai extension to the CollectionSpace botanical garden profile, for use by these institutions and to be shared with the larger bonsai community.
  • The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Rhode Island School of Design, will create a new CollectionSpace profile for management of materials collections, including samples of glass, wood, plastics, metal, and other materials. As well, they will be participating in the development of new CollectionSpace functionality that will allow these collections and others to contribute to shared sets of authority terms.

CollectionSpace is used to catalogue and manage five major UC Berkeley campus collections. UC Berkeley’s Research IT department has contributed substantially to CollectionSpace design and development since the project’s inception. Ray Lee, technical lead for the department’s CollectionSpace implementation team, will be working on both the bonsai and materials collection projects.