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Argus

Collections management for museums & galleries

5.0/5 (3 reviews)

Argus overview

What is Argus?

Argus is a web-based collections management solution for museums and galleries designed to aid with curation and expand visibility, outreach, access, and relevance. With the aim of helping businesses to provide an enhanced visitor experience, Argus equips users with tools such as workflow management, real-time updates, platform synchronization, online catalog, visitor portal, and mobile and social media integration.

In order to aid with collection management and curation, Argus offers a web-based platform accessible from any mobile device enabling organizations to offer a catalog of artifacts and exhibits within a public portal, and keep records up-to-date from anywhere. Staff can search for, record, and update data wherever they are, and do on-site inspections of inventory and input information into the Argus database in real time. Museums and galleries can upload their collection to the visitor portal which offers powerful search functionality and is discoverable via Google for additional reach.

Argus' back office tools allow users to create automated workflows, update the catalog, upload images and documents, and generate reports. The customizable workflow editor allows users to automate tasks, and any data entry or catalog modifications are automatically synchronized to the visitor portal so that information is always up-to-date and accurate.
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United States, Canada, Australia, China, India and 4 other markets, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English
Argus screenshot: Add and modify catalog data from within the Argus platform Argus OverviewArgus screenshot: Mobile access allows staff and visitors to enter the portal from any locationArgus screenshot: Provide in-depth documentation on collection itemsArgus screenshot: Use the advanced search feature to find specific artifacts when neededArgus screenshot: Edit catalog items from the Argus back-end and see changes instantly within the public portalArgus screenshot: Generate reports using templates or from scratch and export them in CSV format

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Isabel Tovar

Argus.net a great resource for a large, highly active museum collection

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-03-13
Review Source: Capterra

Our museum converted from Open Edition to Argus.net at the end of 2013. Lucidea has been a responsive resource throughout the experience. For our use, we have been able to take advantage of the backend customization of the program. We have created new templates and adjusted existing ones to better suit the needs of a large institution with an active collection and exhibition plan. For more complex needs, we are able to contract with their R&D team to develop new functionality as well. Overall this is a powerful tool we use daily for managing a large collection.

Pros
Flexibility, complexity. The ability to handle many different scenarios and types of collections. The customer support is really solid as well.

Cons
There is some functionality that isn't always consistent when building new templates -- the difference between us creating something in house vs something this is hard coded by the designers on the back end, but I am able to submit those to R&D for tweaking and enhancement in future. The support team is easy to communicate with.

Response from Lucidea


Thank you for your review, Isabel!
-Lucidea Marketing Team

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Britt Scholnick

CU Art Museum is able to do more than every before!

Reviewed 2016-11-10
Review Source: Capterra

CU Art Museum was one of the first institutions to use Argus.net and we have had such a good experience with them over the years! Their customer service is unbeatable; they are always open to feedback and ways they can improve usability. We especially love the ability to customize the public portal for our front-end users. We have increased our visibility on campus and awareness of our collection significantly in the last couple of years and the public portal has certainly had a positive impact!

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Shannon Parker

A long conversion process but the resulting Collection Management System was worth it.

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-05-04
Review Source: Capterra

The CMS accessible to all Gallery staff, which means there is a great deal of time saved by Registration staff from pulling and compiling different information for other staff members - they're now able to do this themselves. Additionally, with an OPAC system, the general public is able to access the full Gallery collection online and do preliminary research before contacting staff for additional information.

Pros
It's accessibility and ease of searching even for non-regular CMS users. The ability to tailor the security and access levels to different groups and individuals and the ability to easily share searches among these groups. Batch updating and basic data entry are made simple, and most sections are intuitive to use.

Cons
New reports can't be pre-tested in Report Writer for layout functionality and spacing. It would be nice to have an option to click on an object image for an even larger view, as sometimes the primary record image is a little too small for research work. A reference/guide for some of the more seldom utilized areas would be helpful for the administrators, although the ARGUS support staff are usually quick to respond to all questions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Argus pricing

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Argus features

Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality

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Key features of Argus

  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Visitor portal
  • Museum management
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Application integration
  • Client portal
  • Collections management
  • Customizable reporting
  • Data synchronization
  • Document storage
  • Inventory tracking
  • Mobile integration
  • Photo albums
  • Real time updates
  • Search functionality
  • Social media integration
  • Workflow management
  • Data import/export
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Scheduled reporting
  • Online catalog
  • Data storage management
  • Custom fields
  • Product data management
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Synchronous editing
  • Remote access
  • Document management
  • Self service portal
  • Inventory management
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Benefits

Write unique and powerful inventory descriptions using Argus’ hierarchical lexicon for thesaurus control during data entry.

Create customized reports from built-in report templates and schedule them to run automatically. Reports can be exported in CSV format when needed.

Benefit from Argus’ social media integration to share links to catalog pages or records and connect with visitors.

Expand outreach and allow for a more discoverable collection through Google search. The public web and mobile portal link directly to the entire catalog collection and are searchable online.

Provide additional documentation in more depth for individual objects and whole collections within the online catalog and add relevant multimedia and links to related artifacts.