Kazakh museum collections to digitise by 2025

ASTANA – The first results of digitising  collections in Kazakh museums will be seen in 2025, said Library of the First President of Kazakhstan Deputy Director Kulyash Aktayeva at the forum titled Kazakh Museums: Ideas and Realities in the Epoch of Globalisation and Information.

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“The most important thing is to start this process and make it systematic and consistent and then we will get the result – the digital format of our heritage. I think it will happen closer to 2025… The year 2025 is a kind of milestone that will show the first results,” she said.

In addition to digitising museum collections, creating a database for the digitised funds is also on the agenda, she noted.

“First of all, there is a need to raise the issue of creating electronic databases. To do this, we need to introduce automated accounting systems. If automated accounting systems and equipment that turns the exhibits into digital images exist, then we can say that the era of digitisation has achieved its results,” she added.

Museums in many regions are ready for the digital format transition.

“I think that they are ready, because the fact of their participation in this session suggests that these issues are the most urgent now,” said Aktayeva.

The Feb. 25 forum, held for the first time in the library, gathered more than 120 participants including cultural department employees; heads of regional, city, district and rural museums; restorers; custodians and other museum workers. The open space format allowed them to become acquainted with innovative technologies, exchange professional views and discuss current issues.

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