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Data mining in collections: from epidemiology to demography
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    Duran Casablancas C, Grau-Bove J, Fearn T, Strlic M
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    Preprints 18th ICOM Comittee for Conservation Triennial Conference
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    18th ICOM Comittee for Conservation Triennial Conference
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    Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Keywords:
    Collection surveys, Damage function, Libraries and archives, Preventive conservation
Random collection surveys can be a rich source of data on the material state of a collection. However, random surveys do not necessarily provide data on the causes of degradation of collection items, which is useful in terms of resource allocation. For this, the reliability theory provides us with the required concepts. Using appropriate survey methods and statistical methods of data analysis, the so obtained observational ‘epidemiology’ data has revealed risk factors that can lead to such degradation. We identified patterns in the observed data that corroborated experimental research findings and enabled us to carry out ‘demographic’ modelling of the dynamics of future change in the surveyed collection for the case study of the Amsterdam City Archives. The study shows how, using appropriate methods of collection surveying, empirical and modelling studies of real collections can be successfully integrated, leading to useful evidence supporting collection care decision making.
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