On the Counting and Taming of Objects Every academic collection is based on the rigorous and systematic collecting, documenting and structured organisation of objects.
Not until they have been measured, described and classified according to specific guiding criteria do the specimens become transformed into objects of science and are thereby made accessible to research and teaching.
Ledgers, catalogues and inventory list have been the classic tools of written organiser systems, where references to the objects and characteristics ascribed to them are administrated. Nowadays, IT-driven multiply linked and continuously adaptive databases are mainly used instead. But as ever, physical objects are still arranged in orderly shelves, cases and drawers.