Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection


Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection is to chronicle the scientific and commercial history of radioactivity and radiation. The collection is funded by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Foundation, and was built in 1999.

The whole collection includes four parts. The part one is about Instrumentation Museum Collection, the part two is about historical documents and articles, the part three brings users to an electronic library for radiation protection, and the part four is about radiation basics knowledge.

Especially, in the part one the collection exhibits different instrumentation according to their different types. Each item provides a thumbnail picture and a short description. Clicking on the thumbnail picture will bring up the item page. On the item page, the collection provides a big picture with a complete description. Unfortunately there is no zoom function for the picture, and the metadata for each item only includes the title, the picture and a complete description.

Moreover, in the part three, the collection provides more information about radiation protection. In fact, it can be regard as an independent digital library which includes federal regulations, agency, subject and index. The users can easily browse through regulations, agency, subject and index. And the collection has rich external links which lead to other websites. In addition, maybe because this online collection is small, there is no search function in the online collection.

The audiences for this collection are students, professors and researchers specializing in radiation and health physics. The digital collection has been deemed the official repository for historical radiological instruments by the Health Physics Society.

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