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The issues covered by the Institutes research and documentation activities cover the whole range of museum related subjects like: museum management, museum education, didactics, usage of new media in museums, "museums and law", museums statistics, visitor research and evaluation projects, European projects, museums documentation, museums security and technical aspects of museum work. Within these topics research projects are organised on various subjects and the results of the work is published. Furthermore scientific results of related research projects are documented and made accessable to the museum public.
The work on museum statistics includes a yearly survey on all German museums. (Some results) Since 1995 we have organised annually an Expert Meeting on museum statistics in which we analyse different national statistics in order to acquire better comparable European data. The Institute meanwhile has established contacts to ten countries and plans to enlarge the work on this topic.