- Live Session Dates: June 24, July 1, 8, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT
- Instructors: Vincent Beltran, Annelies Cosaert, Jeremy Linden
- Details: $99 registration fee; maximum 24 participants
The cultural heritage field has developed and utilized various tools to facilitate decisions associated with object and collection conservation. These tools consider an assortment of data associated with topics such as risk assessment, integrated pest management, and the collection environment. The focus of this workshop will be on the examination of tools to analyze temperature (T) and relative humidity (RH) data, as the collection of this information is a fundamental aspect of collection management.
The Managing Collection Environments Initiative at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) has explored environmental analysis tools which can inform daily practice. There exist a range of available T and RH data analysis tools and interviews with practitioners have identified the benefit of employing complementary tools to enable greater understanding and improve communication with stakeholders, including conservators, collection managers, curators, facilities managers, engineers, and architects. These T and RH analysis tools are appropriate for smaller datasets, making this workshop particularly well-suited for those in small or mid-size institutions.
These tools might be useful for situations such as:
- Exploring the redefinition of environmental set-points towards a more sustainable practice
- Comparing environmental requirements based on collection composition and the existing building climate
- Examining the potential consequences of moving objects between two different climates
- Analyzing display case performance
Despite these potential advantages, it can be a daunting task to gain familiarity with the various analysis and visualizations options and how they might be most effectively employed, navigate the specific features of these tools, and devote the necessary time required to become proficient users. This workshop will help practitioners, consultants, and students by summarizing various analysis and visualization choices, as well as presenting an environmental tools analysis conducted by the GCI to guide selection of the most appropriate tool for a specific context. A series of case studies will then be presented showing how collection and analysis of environmental data can address challenges associated with the collection and building environment.