IT ASPECTS OF MUSEUM OPERATIONS
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In the current technological environment, operation of every institution, museum included, requires the use of IT networks, among them the internet. This results from the fact that museums have their respective websites and web addresses. Regardless of the technological aspects, the use of the internet by museums has to bear in mind legal requirements resulting in particular from the Act on Access to Public Information, this including the BIP page, namely that of the Bulletin of Public Information that allows to provide access to this kind of information within the range as defined in the above Act. The requirements of the accessibility of digital websites of public museums taking into account the needs of disabled citizens is specified by the Act on Accessibility of the Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies. Some of the provisions of the Act with respect to websites published before 23 September 2018 will come into force as of 23 September 2020. In the discussed context it also legal provisions related to IT assets that are of importance; these contain computer software and electronic databases. The legal status of these assets is specified in the provisions of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights (see its Arts. 3 and 7) as well as of the Act on Database Protection. Apart from the above, which, however, do not exhaust the whole range of the topic-related issues, it is also important to tackle the question of the digitizing of the assets (collections) that museums have at their disposal, in particular museum objects and images of people that constitute personal rights, which are digitized and disseminated online. Apart from the Act on Museums, particularly its Art. 25a, it is the Act on Copyright and Related Rights as well as the Civil Code that through the general provisions on the protection of personal rights, these also including images of people, give the prescriptive context to the problem.
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