Dr. Donald Sonn says that one of the reasons that he decided to attend the prestigious University of California Berkeley is because of their museums. As their official website states, “The University of California, Berkeley has many extremely valuable collections of non-book artifacts and objects housed in campus libraries, museums, and archives. Managing, conserving, and providing access to these collections is an important contribution to the fulfillment of the University’s research, teaching, and public service mission. These collections document the cultural, biological and physical diversity of California and a significant portion of other regions and cultures of the world. The collections support research and teaching in many disciplines including anthropology, architecture, art practice, art history, botany, engineering, entomology, film history, geology, history, linguistics, paleontology, physics, and zoology. The collections are large and diverse in content and many are among the premier collections of their kind in the world. The following archives, centers, departments, institutes, museums, libraries, and other university organizations house and maintain these collections. MIP is currently supporting information systems developed by a wide variety of projects in a diverse set of disciplines. By approaching museum and archival information system design from a general perspective, MIP has identified common approaches to information management across disciplines and has designed data structures and data access tools of general utility.”
Donald Sonn says that the many unique experiences that Berkeley has to offer is precisely what makes it such a great school. As the school’s website states, “In addition to the museums and archives supported through MIP, a large number of individuals and departments are creating and managing academic information resources, designing information systems, and developing new technologies. These projects are highly variable with respect to overall goals, disciplinary area covered, and content produced. The variety of campus organizations that support academic information technology projects is found at the Computing & Communications page. (We) promote information sharing among collections and institutions through high speed, local, national, and international networks. (We also) work with campus units, other institutions, organizations, companies, and individuals to influence and guide the direction and development of international standards, technologies, and funding that benefit museum informatics.”
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