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Another OPAC discovery – the Gambey dip circle (or the value of minimal tombstone data)

April 27th, 2009 by Seb Chan

New discoveries as a result of putting our incomplete collection database online are pretty common place – almost every week we are advised of corrections – but here’s another lovely story of an object whose provenance has been significantly enhanced by a member of the public – a story that made the local newspapers!

Here’s the original collection record as it was in our public database.

Now take a look at the same record a week later.

If your organisation is still having doubts about the value of making available un-edited, un-verified, ageing tombstone data then it is worth showing examples like these.

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  • For some reason that story is quite moving. A really poignant example of the value of open data sharing.