Organization, Tracking, And Metadata: Bar Coding For Collections Management

Author(s): Lauren D. Bussiere

Year: 2018


Housing more than 15 million artifacts from over 8,000 archaeological sites, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin has a significant need for high-functioning collections tracking systems. As part of our institutional digitization strategy, TARL has begun implementing a system of bar codes for collections, with the goal of facilitating artifact retrieval and replacement as our collections are used for research, education, and public outreach. The system is inspired in part by work with proprietary database and bar code systems, but is designed to be as inexpensive and as functional as possible for TARL's immense but unorganized collections, which have been amassed over 100 years. Within one year of beginning this project, TARL expects to have 75% of our collections accessible through the bar code system. Collecting bar code system metadata will also help us track and quantify our collections' use for internal reporting purposes.

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Organization, Tracking, And Metadata: Bar Coding For Collections Management. Lauren D. Bussiere. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441196)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 922