June 08, 2010

Making Collections-Based Research More Accessible

An exciting new development is now available on the Burke Museum’s Web site: the Burke Museum Publications Database is a new online tool that makes collections-based research at the museum more accessible to all!

This new Web page presents the different ways Burke Museum collections are used for published research. Not only do Burke professionals conduct their own research, but the museum also collaborates with other researchers worldwide by providing access to Burke collections; this research often ends up published in scientific journals for others to access in the future.

The Burke’s Genetic Resources Collection (GRC) Manager Sharon Birks worked with our web team to build a search engine of about 260 publications from the GRC division alone! Most publications have a short summary (abstract), and Sharon also wrote more in-depth introductions to three highlighted publications that experts and novices alike can appreciate. These three highlighted publications on the research from Genetic Resources are posted here.

In the future, other Burke collections divisions will add their publications to the websites as well. So check the pages regularly to read about more exciting findings and watch the database grow!

Posted By: Andrea Barber, Communications