Three years ago, the first issue of Canadian Geographic featuring the ‘What’s This?’ contest hit newsstands. Ever since, this regular series has been a staple in the magazine, which is published on a bimonthly basis by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is proud to be able to partner with this prestigious organisation.
Last year, we reported that Nomenclature 4.0 had been released. Soon thereafter, CHIN released a new resource aimed at helping Canadian museums decide which object classification system to use for the documentation of their historical collections.
Data mining is increasingly being used within museums in order to collect information about guests. In the same way that Big Data is used in retail settings to monitor customer behaviour so that the retail environment can be modified in a way that increases sales, museums are turning to visitor data in order to discover details such as which collection items attract the most attention.
On June 16th, 2016, employees of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and Canadian Heritage and received an Innovation Award, which is awarded to individuals within the Department who have tried something new or different in pursuit of improvement.