Argus

Collections management for museums & galleries

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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.

Argus Overview

Pricing

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Pricing options

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Value for money

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Argus Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, Australia, China, India and 4 others, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
English

Media

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

Argus Reviews

Argus Reviews

Overall rating
5
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5
Excellent
3

Very good
0

Average
0

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,7
Ease of Use
4,3
Customer Support
5
100% recommended this app
Isabel T.

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

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.


Britt S.

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

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.

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

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.


Isabel T.
Industry: Museums & Institutions
Company size: 201-500 Employees

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

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 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: 10.0/10

Britt S.

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

Reviewed on 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 P.
Industry: Arts & Crafts
Company size: 11-50 Employees

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

Used Daily for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 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: 9.0/10

User recommendation
9,5/10
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Argus Pricing

Argus Pricing

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Free Trial
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Value for money

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Value for Money
4,3/5
Based on 3 user ratings
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Argus Features

Argus Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4,7/5
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Additional information for Argus

Additional information for Argus

Key features of Argus

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

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.

  • Argus FAQs

    Argus FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Argus.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Argus offer?

    Argus offers the following pricing plans:

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Contact Argus for pricing information.

    Q. What are the main features of Argus?

    Argus offers the following features:

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

    Q. Who are the typical users of Argus?

    Argus has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Non Profit, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Argus support?

    Argus supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Argus offer?

    Argus has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Argus support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Argus supports

    Q. What other apps does Argus integrate with?

    We do not have any information about what integrations Argus has

    Q. What level of support does Argus offer?

    Argus offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Online Support