Catalogue module

EMu supports multi-discipline collections within the one Catalogue module. Examples of collection disciplines include:

Cultural Collections

  • Ethnology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Science and Technology

Art Collections

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Prints
  • Sculptures and 3-Dimensional Objects
  • Decorative Art
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Digital Objects

Natural History Collections

  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Vertebrate Zoology, with separate disciplines for the main vertebrate groups such as Mammalogy, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Herpetology and Amphibians
  • Earth Sciences, including rocks, minerals, gems, meteorites
  • Palaeobiology, including vertebrate and invertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeobotany
  • Botany
  • Horticulture
  • Physical Anthropology

Special Collections

  • Digital Assets
  • Historical Society Collections
  • Archives

The EMu Catalogue is customised to the specific needs of each museum: you determine which disciplines are relevant to your institution. Each discipline can have its own set of fields so that users working within a specific discipline see only the fields relevant to them (in other words, users catalogouing pottery do not see fish fields). EMu detects the discipline of an object you are working with, whether you are inserting, editing, searching for or viewing records, and automatically adjusts the screen to display only those fields relevant to that discipline.

However, as all records are contained within the one Catalogue module, EMu can be used to search across the entire collection (subject to your security profile).

As well as discipline specific fields, EMu provides a suite of general fields across all disciplines, such as object type, location, condition, and so forth, ensuring that the same management processes can be applied within each discipline. EMu can even support museum processes that cross discipline boundaries, for example multi-discipline loans.

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