Lucidea’s museum collections management applications, Argus and ArgusEssentia, align with this year’s OMA conference theme, Collaborating for Impact: Not Business as Usual. 2018 OMA Keynote Speaker and museum advocate Stephen Abram emphasized the need to “…collaboratively build an Ontario infrastructure entity that combines the buying power of Ontario’s museum sector, while improving cost effectiveness, efficiency, innovation, modernization, scalability and performance.”
Emphasizing technology, Mr. Abram posed this question: “If every collection in all of your museums was built to templated and required museum standards that allow you to discover every collection in every museum everywhere in Ontario and represent it to the world – would that fundamentally transform your sector?”
Lucidea believes the answer is “yes”—and offers affordable collections management software that would enable Ontario’s museums to collaborate on delivering that transformation.
During his address, Mr. Abram posed additional technology-related questions:
Can we make modern technology available to small and rural, and community museums at a cost that’s affordable?
Can we enforce museum standards?
Can we build something where we make our sector discoverable?
Can we find and leverage a platform that fundamentally doubles tourist attendance?
Can you build an open media desk where all of you collaborate on encouraging visits to museums?
Can you share exhibits and curation from a central point?
Lucidea’s answer to all those questions is “yes”—and their collections management software offers all the capabilities required to support a collaborative online presence for Ontario’s museums, together with administrative back-end functionality that improves cost effectiveness and efficiency, based on innovative technology that delivers scalability and performance, now and into the future.
Museums can enjoy Lucidea’s powerful collections management capabilities at a reasonable price, but as with most museum endeavors, funding must be secured. Lucidea understands that, and in order to help, has announced that museum expert Rachael Cristine Woody’s new book, Survivor’s Guide to Museum Grant Writing, is now available. The latest publication from Lucidea Press offers pragmatic advice from Ms. Woody, a seasoned museum expert and consultant specializing in grant acquisition, with significant experience as both a practitioner and advisor.
The book is for anyone who wants to delve into the grant acquisition process and confidently apply for grant funding. Says Ron Aspe, Lucidea’s CEO, “We’re excited to bring you the next book under our Lucidea Press imprint; we believe it’s an essential resource for museum professionals wanting to learn and attempt grant writing, with practical guidance drawn from Rachael’s career in museums and as a consultant, innovator, and advocate.”
OMA keynote speaker Stephen Abram wrote the foreword for Ms. Woody’s book and he shared copies at Lucidea’s booth; if you didn’t have a chance to get one, note that both Kindle and print versions are available for purchase at Amazon.com, but for the moment you can get a free PDF copy courtesy of Lucidea here.
Lucidea offers a full portfolio of market-leading Collections Management, KM and ILS applications, including Argus, ArgusEssentia, ArchivEra and ArchivEssentia, offering applications that deliver unrivaled access to organizational knowledge, with solutions for museums, archives, nonprofits, corporations, law firms and government agencies—of all sizes and budgets, worldwide. www.lucidea.com