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published: April, 2002

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Alison Melrose
Coordinating Curator
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Information Services
40 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 1164M
Hobart Tasmania
7001 Australia
Email: amelrose@tmag.tas.gov.au

Alison Melrose is Co-ordinating Curator (Information Services) at the

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG). She first trained as a museum

curator and has worked extensively with art, decorative arts, social

history and applied science disciplines in collection management and

has curatored numerous exhibitions. Later training and experience in

librarianship increased her interest in information management and

documentation standards which led on to study in Information

Technology. The three aspects of professional training and experience

have combined in her present position, with responsibility for the TMAG

computer network, collection data, web access, library, archives,

central reference collections, photography, photographic services and

documentation advice to small museums. Over a period of ten years she

has worked toward consolidating the TMAG’s collection and related

information. This has involved combining the standards of the various

disciplines of humanities and natural sciences into a workable database

structure which can comply with various matadata outputs but remain

flexible, based on standard exchangeable formats and scalable. She

represents the TMAG on national committees for Australian Museums On

Line (AMOL), Australian Virtual Herbarium (AVH) and planned access to

Australia’s biological collections (OZCAM).

Alison will present Starting small, thinking big