Image: Nether Wallop Cache - waistcoat, stomacher, paper patterns
These are typical objects: Boot - most commonly found object is footware - Northampton Museum have concealed shoe index Bottle - quite a few bottles Stomacher - Nether Wallop Cache
Each contributor has their own private account with login access. Each object record with images can be marked as belonging to one or more communities. NZMuseums was marked as a default community for published objects records for each of the NZMuseums members.
A very positive and effective site. Image: Reigate Doublet - found in Reigate - iconic object Launched in 2001 it was innovative Webstats have proved, about 4000 visits It had a virtual collection of finds The website provided a means of data collection as well as dissemination (report a find on line) It provided a mechanism for finders to report finds via on the online report a find form - which was cutting edge at the time But by 2007 we wanted to bring the website up todate because it now seemed rather clunky
Now that we’re almost finished here’s a quick summarise: We decided to put repeat the image of the guinneapigs as the key point is to share information - it’s a carrot in this case Thanks: All the funders of the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project - noteably the Scaggs Foundation, the AHRC and the Textile Conservation Centre Foundation, KGB Internet for hosting the website since 2001 Thanks to the finders = who may well be in the audience
Talking websites here It was frustrating for Dinah in her academic role as she wasn’t able to add to the bibliography regularly - also to share the oral histories which is a hugely rich resource, accessibility ……
All the content is there as a very rich resource - just needs to be added to and refresh the look
Five main reasons to update to eHive Update - using a CMS so we can update the website from anywhere with internet connection The website was looking dated, and the navigation wasn’t clear, well to me anyway CAPTCHA is the wiggly words and numbers which can be easily read by human and prevents standard automated software from filling out forms. For example, Paul Rowe - a personal touch is that he met me in London whilst over from New Zealand to discuss the website which gave me confidence in developing the website And now Zoe is going to tell you about eHive another example, not the Deliberately Concealed Garments Project
Now we’re back to the Deliberately Concealed Garments project - We wanted some continuity and modernisation, but keep a similar look and feel so repeat visitors feel confident and comfortable with site = we feel eHive understood our requirements immediately
Using a lightbox mode - easy and quick to filter and pick what they want.
The policy was to call each cache by location - no names or address, just geographical location.
Example of the detailed object record
This is key to the website - being able EASILY to tell us about what they’ve found. Trust has been established - very clear about people’s privacy Now back to Zoe
eHive Open Day Zoë Hill (Vernon Systems), Laura Whitton & Nick Poole (Collections Trust) Collections Trust Monday 15 th November 2010 London
Zoë Hill UK Systems Consultant, Vernon Systems Ltd Developers of the eHive collection management system (CMS) CMS developers since 1985
Research Independent focus groups: Needs of small museums Standards: SPECTRUM, Dublin Core, Web Accessibility Questionnaires sent to museum experts Software: New tools emerging to speed up web development Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid