Treatment documentation is a major part of conservation. According to the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation:
“The conservation professional has an obligation to produce and maintain accurate, complete, and permanent records of examination, sampling, scientific investigation, and treatment. When appropriate, the records should be both written and pictorial.”
In 2010 and 2011, TSLAC worked with software developer Terence Bandoian to build a custom database application to streamline the collection and preservation of written and photographic treatment documentation information. This system is among a variety of current documentation database projects within the conservation field. While some of these projects occur at the institutional level, others represent multi-institutional and for-profit work.
At the 41st annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation in Indianapolis, IN, conservator Sarah Norris moderated a panel discussion on these documentation databases. Speakers at this lively and well-attended session included Sarah from TSLAC; Linda Hohneke from the Folger Shakespeare Library; Jay Hoffman from Gallery Systems, Inc; and Mervin Richard from the National Gallery of Art, representing the Mellon Foundation-funded ConservationSpace project. To learn more about the session and the meeting, please visit AIC’s blog, Conservators Converse.