The National Mission for the Safeguarding of Contemporary Scientific and Technical Heritage: PATSTEC

“he main objectives of this mission are to sensitize and preserve the memory of the material (instruments and documents) and immaterial (know-how) traces of public and private research actors.

This mission shows that for many years, actions have been taken to preserve and enhance all types of heritage, as shown by the inventory and safeguarding of scientific and technical instruments, which have been running since 2003.

Mission tools: a database and a website.

From the beginning, efforts have been made at the software level to optimize the exploitation of the information collected on the objects: XML export functions, an SQL transfer to establish gateways and transfer the content to another management software of these bases …

What about other hardware tools? What technologies to automate inventories?

It is necessary to be able to identify a technology capable of automating and centralizing the feedback. Older industrial tools such as the barcode are sometimes used, but they do not have advantages.
– The number of information stored is very small,
– The stored information can not be updated,
– The reading of the label is binding (distance, must necessarily be accessible …)

Radio Frequency Identification – RFID technology compensates for all these constraints.
There are thousands of different formats and materials of RFID tags to fit the object to be identified. The advantage of RFID also lies in the use of international standards and standards. Thus the invested equipment (RFID reader, terminals …) can be shared and compatible from one institution to another.

EXAMPLE OF USING RFID
Site Collections of the Museum of History of Marseille

BENEFITS REALIZED
– Ensure the transfer of collections
– List interventions (status reports) for the most urgent restoration operations
– Have a complete, fair and up-to-date inventory for the traceability of each object in the collection.

THE CONTEXT
Team of 29 people
Limited budget
39351 objects
From May to July 2011

monalitag® RFID SOLUTIONS:
– Easy to learn and use
– Centralized and backed up server,
– Fast, the work took place in the time allotted,
– Effective,
– Treatment time per object reduced by 20 to 30% compared to a traditional treatment.