Dr. Lev Nol
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
Head of IT department
Has been working in museum field since
The recording date of the interview
January 29, 2013


And it is a great achievement of ours that, with the support of the Ford Foundation, we have been able to digitalize them all and make 45000 items public through our online catalogue.

Text of the interview

Dr. Lev Nol is the Head of IT department at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow). He was one of the pioneers in the USSR who started implementing ICTs in museums 30 years ago. He was the person behind the first collections management system in the USSR which was created for the State Hermitage Museum in 1984.

Dr. Nol talks about the development of ICTs in the Pushkin State Museum and argues about the future of ICTs in the culture sector.

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  • Who did you want to be growing up?
  • Where did you study?
  • When and how did you start working in the museum field?
  • In which museum department did you start your career?
  • Could you describe how your career was evolving?
  • What was your idea of what ICTs could do when you were only beginning to work with them?
  • When you first encountered ICTs did you feel that they were necessary in a museum, appropriate, important?
  • Which role do ICTs play in your museum today?
  • What do you think is going to be the future or ICTs in your museum? Any ideas about the future?