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EMu is one of the most sophisticated collections management systems on the market, with a wealth of features and functionality

EMu has been at the forefront of collections management for more than three decades and is used by institutions of all sizes and collection types. A comprehensive and flexible collections management system, EMu is able to accommodate the requirements of any collecting institution, but is widely acknowledged to be the pre-eminent system for Natural History collections.

Read more about our Natural History solutions.

EMu is proud to include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History and British Natural History Museum amongst its users, alongside such respected and diverse institutions as the Egyptian Museum, National Gallery of Australia and New York Botanical Gardens [view EMu clients].

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  • EMu is a full-featured collections management system built on a foundation of international standards.
  • EMu is highly configurable and meets the needs of most institutions without the need for customisation. However, EMu has been designed to accommodate customisation easily whenever it is needed.
  • An integrated DAMS stores and manages all digital assets and their derivatives. Digital assets can be associated with any record. All media types are supported and the complete Dublin Core attribute set can be recorded for each multimedia resource.
  • Narrative and thematic material can be authored for different audiences and purposes (exhibitions, wall labels, brochures, web-based stories, in-gallery interactives, self-guided tours, and so on).
  • EMu provides online access to the records you choose to publish on any digital platform (desktop computers, in-house kiosks, phones, tablets, etc.), consistent with your online presence.
  • Workflow applications, deployable on mobile devices, support a range of collections management processes (data entry, object relocations, etc.).
  • Details of every record access by any user are auditable. A roll-back option allows a record to be restored to an earlier state.
  • EMu’s security model is completely configurable on-site and controls access to fields, records, reports, lists, operations, and more. With Record Level Security it is possible to change access to a record dynamically based on changes to record data.
  • EMu supports Unicode and is multilingual at the system and data levels. Right-to-left languages (Arabic and Hebrew, for example) are supported. Data can be stored, displayed and searched in multiple languages. Switch languages at any time.
  • Capture workflows and assign steps to staff; specify commencement and completion dates, and automatically send email notification of pending and overdue tasks.
  • Report on any information from any set of records. EMu includes a suite of predefined reports and the tools to generate and modify reports in numerous formats (XML, Crystal Reports, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for example).
  • XML support allows your museum to participate in almost any contemporary collaborative activity, and exchange information with other museums.
  • Hosted solutions are also available.
  • Visit the EMu Support site for more details.
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Barbara Thiers, Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium

Natural History Museum Case Study

Natural History Museum

“No one knows exactly how many specimens we have collected, but my guess would be somewhere around 80 million,” says Adrian Hine, Data Manager at NHM, and his guess of 10 million more than is usually estimated is probably the more exact.

“Just take a sub-group like entomology, the science of insects. It is the biggest in the world and immense on its own. It is impossible to catalogue all the individual specimens we have here, so we work with a species collection index so that we can find things,” says Adrian... read more