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The long-awaited draft of SPECTRUM 5.0 is now available online and Collections Trust want to hear your opinions. The consultation is open until Monday 8 May 2017, with plans to publish the final version in the summer. You can find the draft here: http://collectionstrust.org.uk/spectrum/spectrum-5/ and comments can be made at the bottom of the page for each procedure.
With the help of many working groups, a number of changes have been made to SPECTRUM to get to version 5.0. It should now be easier to read and clearer which bits are ‘the standard’ and which are advisory. All of the primary procedures needed for Accreditation have been brought together at the beginning. Responding to widespread confusion about the Accreditation requirements for a basic inventory, it is proposed that the old Retrospective documentation primary procedure is replaced by a clearer Inventory procedure (if the Accreditation partners agree).
The Reproduction procedure that was in the very first edition, but was then rolled into Use of collections has been brought back as a procedure in its own right given the increasing importance of digital asset management.
There is a new Collections review procedure too, but the total number of procedures remains at 21. Collections Trust propose cutting Pre-entry and Transport and merging the really useful parts of those into Object entry and Location and movement control respectively.
Last year’s consultation revealed a fairly even split between people who liked the workflow diagrams of SPECTRUM 4.0, and those who preferred the step-by-step text of earlier editions. In SPECTRUM 5.0 the suggested procedures are given in both formats.
Please help spread the word about the consultation draft, and submit your feedback on the website.