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What We Do
Products and Services of The ETHER Initiative
The ETHER Initiative offers a wide range of products and services within the scope of heritage management.
Training and Workshop
- SPECTRUM for best practice collection management(2 days)
- Fixing your Storage: Best Practices for Storage Management
- Archiving(3 days) with Pétria Marais
- Photograph and Film Preservation
with Estelle Liebenberg-Barkhuizen
- Governance of Heritage Institutions
- Principles of Digitisation
- Digitising Heritage Collections(2 days)
- Project Management for Heritage Projects
- Database Development and Management for Heritage Databases(3 days)
- Computer Literacy and Digital Literacy
- Creating a digitisation strategy
- Building digital repositories
- Digitisation projects and project management
One of the priority areas of the governing body is to help to define and ratify the vision of the institution – or what it is aiming to become and for whom it provides benefits and experiences. Having a vision leads to a long-term strategy, and for heritage institutions this strategy is not required to be confined to the traditional 5-year cycle. The cycle can extend into generational planning, in particular the strategy for continuity of operations and mission between managers and curators into the future. A 50-year strategy cycle should not be out of place, given that you expect your institution to be thriving in this time frame. This is what makes heritage institutions different from any other type of business – and perhaps the biggest challenge is to create long-term sustainability.
The users and visitors are those that want to gain access to these collections for various purposes—education, research, tourism, or general interest. There remains a perception among everyone, and particularly the youth, that museums are not relevant in today’s society, and they are not interesting or fun places to visit. The pre-conception of a museum being filled with old people and “dusty old shelves” is often borne out as a reality when visitors actually visit.