Question the Database!
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Database systems are the integral core of maintaining museum information. New models of active collections management demand new models of active database management. One of those models may be to create database systems that are more "culturally responsive. This chapter describes cultural responsiveness as the incorporation of multiple, decentralized perspectives that both challenge and enrich a fluid cataloging practice. It discusses the following four aspects of database management: language, identities and communities, access and authority levels, and functionality. Language includes thinking about integration of bilingual or multilingual systems. Identities such as race, gender, sexuality, age, and others are all significant pieces of information to have recorded in relation to an object's history. Searchability and report generation are key components to database systems. The potential for active and culturally responsive database systems to contribute to better collections management, and even in justifying museum relevancy, is tremendous.