Museums, libraries, art institutes, and many other types of organizations need online exhibits - websites that mimic the experience of walking through a gallery discovering interesting and beautiful objects. Commercial museum collections management systems often provide this, but they are expensive and their features are often limited or require extensive customization. Open source exhibit software has proliferated in recent years, and some of these systems now provide features that approach CMS functionality. But what if you are starting with Plone, which is already a full-featured CMS?
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is engaged in a major website redesign, and they have selected Plone as their CMS. Online exhibits will be an important part of their new website. They envisioned many features, such as image panning and zooming, timelines, favorites, and object comparison, and they also envisioned that online exhibits would be easy for content editors - even interns - to assemble. In this talk I will describe the online exhibit package that we have created for Dumbarton Oaks, and our incremental approach to defining and implementing it.
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