Museum Data Service launches to share museum’s object records

This article was first published by Museums and Heritage.

A new service aimed at connecting UK museum’s object records has launched with its first early adopters.

The Museums Data Service (MDS) is a joint start-up project by Art UK, Collections Trust and the University of Leicester, supported by funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

It has been designed to collect collection-related data from museums including location and opening times, summaries of collections with highlights and sub-collections, object records, exhibition text and keywords. The MDS repository will not hold any image files or other media assets such as audio or video files.