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Collection Risk Management

The Collection Risk Management programme concentrates on the further development of a user-friendly method of risk management for cultural heritage collections. The programme aims at making this method available together with the necessary information so that small organisations with limited resources may carry out risk assessments and manage the relevant risks.

After the large scale introduction of preventive conservation in the 1990s, risk management is the next step in collection care and management. It is a strategy with which risks to collections are identified, analysed, qualified and quantified and evaluated on the basis of the expected loss of cultural value in a particular period of time (risk assessment). This allows for ranking and setting priorities for options to reduce this loss of value and manage the risks. It helps collection managers in making well-argued decisions about the allocation of resources for collection care and communicating them with stakeholders.

The main project for 2012 is the development of the Digital Handbook for Collection Risk Management which will be its final product. It provides access to method, tools, case studies, examples and information in such a way that users with different questions can work towards finding their own cost-effective answers.

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