Title:Data Access Strategy
Authors:Michael Edson
Publication:MW2006: Museums and the Web 2006

Data complexity is the bane of museum Web development. Too much data, complex business rules, ambiguous ownership, multiple platforms, poor documentation, and inadequate funding force many museums to step away from information access projects just at the moment when they are beginning to have enough information to make integration useful. A data strategy focused on reducing complexity in executive, technological, and data-centric domains can provide a stable platform for the development of Web sites, kiosks, and handheld computer guides and can help organizations realize the full value of their information.