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Productive, with minimum wasted effort or expense.

Emergency preparedness

Activities and measures taken in advance to ensure effective response to the impact of hazards, including the communication of timely early warnings and the temporary evacuation of people and property from threatened locations (CCI-ICCROM).

Emergency response plan

A written, working document which describes procedures for any given emergency, and provides any additional information required for carrying out these procedures (CCI-ICCROM).


1. A rough calculation. 2. A document that assess a task, including its projected cost and time.


Not included in the yearly budget of the institution.

Final product

What must be produced at the end of a given task.


Elements that are not permanently attached or part of the main structure of the building and that can be removed (light bulbs, radiators, heaters, fans, fire extinguishers, etc.).


The impossibilty of moving individual surfaces within a storage unit to increase or reduce the shelf height.


Elements that are permanently attached or part of the main structure of the building (e.g. windows, doors, plumbing, ventilation system, air conditioning system, fire detection/response system, surveillance system, electrical system, etc.).

Floor plan

Scale drawing of a horizontal section through a building showing the layout of rooms, the placement of doors, windows, and thickness of walls.

Floor space

Area of space occupied on the floor (m2, sq. ft).

Fullness of storage

A measurement, expressed as a fraction (0.00) or as a percentage (%) that indicates the amount of space being used up by the collection in a storage area. It takes into account the average room height usage, the average unit fullness, and the real floor space occupation.

Function of storage

Museum activities related to the use of the stored collection (research, exhibition preparation, loading/unloading, quarantine, documentation, etc.). Many of these functions will require a physically separate space, or "functional area."

Functional area

Area in the museum where the functions of storage and other collections-related activities are carried out (research and study room, exhibition and preparation room, curator's office, etc.).


Practicality, efficiency and usefulness. Everything is where it should be, is complete and functions correctly.

Funding body

Organization that provides funding for projects in the form of grants.


Movable elements that are used to house collections (shelving, cabinets, drawer cabinets, racks, etc.).

Furniture & small equipment

Area of responsibility that covers all storage furniture used for the collection and all movable equipment used to access, handle and study the collection, to protect it against fire, to control climate, and to clean the storage areas.

Gantt chart

A horizontal chart used to illustrate a working schedules, with tasks placed vertically on the left side and time placed horizontally on the top.

Governing body

The persons or organizations defined in the enabling legislation of the museum as responsible for its continuance, strategic development and funding (ICOM).


A sum of money given for a particular purpose.


Advice or instructions to help someone accomplish a task.

Health and safety

Protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work.

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