1.1. The Project

The Encyclopaedia of Museum Practice is a project in its early stages. Contributions and comments are most welcome. The project is sponsored by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) International Committee on Documentation (CIDOC) and is currently administered by the CIDOC Documentation Standards Working Group (DSWG).

The purpose of the project is to create a web reference resource and discussion space for those engaged in the practice of running museums. As the [[HomePage]] states it is expected that there will several elements to the project:
  • A Wiki - Where content will be created
  • Comments beneath each page
  • Forums - where we can discuss and even argue about what has been said, or not said, in the Wiki Pages
  • A Document Store - where examples of useful documents such policies, procedures, standards and guidelines can be up and down loaded.

The project is not really a place for museology and theoretical discourse, although the boundary between theory and practice is obviously, and often usefully, a permeable one, and those who do stray into what some might think of as theory will, we hope, not be dealt with too roughly.

1.2. The CMS

The most significant characteristic of the Wiki Tiki CMS is its multi-linguality. It was for this characteristic that it was selected. Wiki Tiki has no concept of a base language. The only reason that English appears as a default is that the current administrator is English. As other administrators and enthusiastic contributors emerge it is entirely possible that other languages will come to the fore and may even dominate. This is fair.
Any content can be initiated in any of the languages currently supported and any content (and any other text such as labels) can be translated between any two languages. See HowTo for how to create and translate content.

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