The True Cost of Open Source—There is Nothing Cheap about Free

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 8/1/2017

Open source software (OSS) is the technology world’s response to consumers who are price sensitive, but as with many things, it’s important to do your homework before making a commitment. Read on for some thought provoking suggestions on how to evaluate the best ILS or KM software for your organization. Maybe it’s open source, maybe it isn’t.

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Topics: Tips+Tricks, Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Collection Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

What Could You have in Common with The Metropolitan Museum of Art?

2 minute read
Posted by Lucidea on 1/25/2017

Photo: David Ohmer

Many of our Argus clients are feeling inspired by the achievements of Thomas P. Campbell, director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who among many things, is an advocate for digitizing museum content and publishing online exhibits.

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Topics: Collections Management, Museums, Museum Collections Management, Argus Museum Collections Management System

Relevance and its Rewards — For Museum, Library and KM Professionals Interested in Mattering More, to More People

1 minute read
Posted by Lucidea on 1/6/2017

We recently offered a webinar presented by museum evangelist and strategist Nina Simon, where she drew upon research for her book, The Art of Relevance, and offered substantive, creative, inspiring and practical advice on how to increase your organization’s relevance to the communities you hope to engage. Interestingly, in Nina’s role as speaker, she offers advice that applies whether you work in a library, a museum, a theater, a park, an academic institution or a corporation. It’s all relevant.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Museums, Making Your Museum Relevant

Build Versus Buy—3 Points to Ponder

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 12/16/2016

Software applications are not like houses: it costs a lot more to build an application from scratch than to buy a new one. But why is that?

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Archives Management Software, Knowledge Management Systems, Collections Management Software, Integrated Library Systems

Find and Leverage Your Innovation Edge

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Posted by Ilene Slavick on 11/25/2016

Originally posted 1/15/2015

I left this year’s American Alliance of Museums (AAM) conference with its theme, “Innovation Edge,” rumbling through my brain. My old Webster’s Dictionary defines innovation as:

1) the introduction of something new
2) a new idea, method, or device: novelty

My own definition is simpler: a new or better way of reaching a goal.

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Topics: Collections Management

Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Strategy is Critical to Your Organization’s Web Presence

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 11/10/2016

Does your organization’s mobile website lack the punch of your desktop version?

“Today, most people are searching on Google using a mobile device. However, our ranking systems still typically look at the desktop version of a page’s content to evaluate its relevance to the user. This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher.”
Google Webmaster Central Blog, Mobile-first Indexing, November 4th, 2016

As part of its new mobile-first strategy, Google will give preferential search rankings to “mobile-friendly" sites (sites optimized for mobile devices). This change will have a significant impact on search results.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Archives Management, Web presence

How to Become More Relevant to your Target Audience and Reap the Rewards

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Posted by Lucidea on 11/2/2016

We will be offering a free webinar on November 15th that promises a substantive and thoughtful discussion full of creative, inspiring and practical advice on how to increase your organization’s relevance to the communities you hope to engage.

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Topics: Collections Management, Museums, Making Your Museum Relevant

The IT Totem Pole and the Information Professional

2 minute read
Posted by Phil Green on 8/9/2016

I talk to lots of information professionals about IT. Some have great relationships with IT, others not so great. But if you’re leveraging technology to build and maintain your collection and information/knowledge systems—and who isn’t?—then just like death and taxes, it’s inevitable that you’ll be working with IT.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, IT partnership

What’s New at Lucidea Labs?

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Posted by Ron Aspe, CEO on 7/20/2016

All our software is developed on a platform we call LucideaCore, with the key advantage that enhancements made for one Lucidea product can be easily leveraged with others, keeping costs down and speeding deployment. We recently launched a project to make our software more accessible to people with disabilities. By virtue of our platform-based approach to developing KM solutions, related new capabilities will soon be incorporated into all LucideaCore products.

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Topics: Library Management, Collections Management, Knowledge Management, Lucidea Labs, Lucidea, Archives Management

Museums and Digital Citizenship

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Posted by Sotto Voce Communications on 6/16/2016

(Originally Published December 18, 2015)

One of the biggest challenges for museums is getting control of huge cataloging backlogs. It’s a sad thing that wonderful and unique objects and artifacts are hidden from the public gaze because of resource constraints. Leveraging qualified digital citizens may provide a solution.

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Topics: Collections Management, Curation, Crowdsourcing

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