ONLINE COURSE: De-Mystifying Environmental Monitoring
ONLINE TWO SESSION COURSE: De-Mystifying Environmental Monitoring
December 1, 10:00 – 12:00 Central and December 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Central
Maddie Cooper, Preventive Conservation Fellow
Learn how to collect, manage, and use environmental data to make informed decisions about collections care. Providing a safe environment for collections is one of the key tenets of preservation. This is because environmental indicators like temperature and relative humidity have a direct impact on the condition of collections. Cultural institutions are often advised to collect temperature and relative humidity data to monitor the environment. The collection phase of this process is easy. Managing the data and understanding what it is telling you about your spaces is more difficult.
This two-part workshop focuses on de-mystifying the process of environmental data analysis. The workshop is designed for participants who are either already collecting data and would like to learn more about how to use it or are considering implementing an environmental monitoring program. Topics covered will include the following: temperature, relative humidity, dewpoint, monitors, monitoring software, data visualization, and strategies for communicating findings with stakeholders. Each participant will be required to complete a series of Microsoft Excel based data management exercises (2-4 hours) between sessions. Technical requirements: access to Zoom, access to Microsoft Excel, and the ability to carry out basic Excel functions.