Please join us for a free morning session on Wednesday, May 20, to contribute your knowledge or editing skills to CAMEO, the Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online database. During the session, participants will learn how easy it is to create or update a CAMEO Materials entry. Bring information you'd like to share on a material you use in your work; Oddy test or other analytical results; your accumulated experience on how to work with a material; or just nimble fingers and join our 2020 hack-a-thon. No prior wiki experience is necessary – just bring a web accessible device such as a laptop or tablet.
Over the past 20 years the Museum of Fine Art’s CAMEO (Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online) database has become a core resource for conservators and conservation scientists as one of the first places to search for trustworthy information on materials used in our field. CAMEO’s database now contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials. Reference collections on dyes, fibers, and pigments provide additional information. Since 2017, AIC members have been working to link entries from the AIC Wiki to CAMEO entries, extending the utility of both sites. CAMEO is now adding new information to entries on:
- Hazards and Safety
- Collection Risk Factors
- Working Properties
- Forms and Sizes
- Technical explanations and analytical data
Please come join us in helping to strengthen this website. Only by being proactive can we as a community ensure that this resource will continue to grow and develop in ways that meet our current needs.
This workshop is supported by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and University Products.