About 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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  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Argus

  • 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.

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    Markets

    Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, United States

    Supported Languages

    English

    Pricing starting from:

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    • Free Version
    • Free Trial
    • Subscription

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    Argus Software - Add and modify catalog data from within the Argus platform
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    Argus Software - Edit catalog items from the Argus back-end and see changes instantly within the public portal
    Argus Software - Generate reports using templates or from scratch and export them in CSV format
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    Features

    Total features of Argus: 13

    • Collections Management
    • Customizable Fields
    • Customizable Reports
    • Data Import/Export
    • Document Storage
    • Exhibit/Vendor Management
    • Inventory Management
    • Inventory Tracking
    • Mobile Access
    • Online Catalog
    • Real-time Updates
    • Reporting & Statistics
    • Workflow Management

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    Reviews

    Overall rating

    5 /5
    (3)
    Value for Money
    4,3/5
    Features
    4,7/5
    Ease of Use
    4,3/5
    Customer Support
    5/5

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    Isabel T.
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    • Industry: Museums & Institutions
    • Company size: 201-500 Employees
    • Used Daily for 2+ years
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    • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

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

    Reviewed on 2017/03/13

    Our museum converted from Open Edition to Argus.net at the end of 2013. Lucidea has been a...

    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.

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    Thank you for your review, Isabel!
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    Britt S.
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    CU Art Museum is able to do more than every before!

    Reviewed on 2016/11/10

    CU Art Museum was one of the first institutions to use Argus.net and we have had such a good...

    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!

    Shannon P.
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    • Industry: Arts & Crafts
    • Company size: 11-50 Employees
    • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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    • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

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

    Reviewed on 2017/05/04

    The CMS accessible to all Gallery staff, which means there is a great deal of time saved by...

    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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    Argus has the following typical customers:

    Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

    Argus supports the following languages:

    English

    Argus supports the following devices:

    iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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    Argus offers the following support options:

    Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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