The Museum Metadata Exchange (MME) project is a joint project of the Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) and Museums Australia which has been set up with support from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative. The project is being hosted by the Powerhouse Museum.
The MME has been designed to harvest collection level descriptions from a number of major museums and the National Film and Sound Archive and to supply that data in a standardised format to the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).
The selection of collections and search terms will be assisted by academic researcher communities. This ensure that, for the first time, many museum collections of particular interest to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) researchers will be readily discoverable through the ARDC.
The MME provides a finding aid for researchers and others by describing what is held in our national collection and where to go for further information. It is essentially a catalogue of collections.