Editor's Summary

Museums are evolving dramatically in the ways they manage and present collections and related information to consumers. The contributors explore museum informatics from distinct perspectives, reporting on museum initiatives that share the goal of enhancing audience members' experience of museum collections while distinguishing the museum among peers. Innovation is seen in a collaborative project to design a collections management system, the extra analysis made possible by supplementary video content, in-depth examination over time enabled by specialty imaging technologies, and the use of an ontology and linked open data to make information easily accessible for research. Museums' traditional collection catalogues are moving to digital format, allowing novel enhancements, and the museum information professional's efforts can even be invisible but successful if they promote audience participation or a new appreciation for holdings.