NZMuseums - One Year On


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One year on, this presentation provides an overview of how the New Zealand Museums website has evolved. New museums continue to join NZMuseums and new collection records and images are published on the site daily. The demonstration will cover how museums can use the NZMuseums website, changes made to the web site over the last year (particularly the integration with public events from, and further development plans.

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  • NSTP is a unit within Te Papa. Their mission is to strengthen the museum sector by providing practical and strategic help to museums and iwi throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. As part of the government act the Te Papa board has the function: To cooperate with and assist other New Zealand museums in establishing a national service, and of providing appropriate support to other institutions and organisations holding objects or collections of national importance. The team has 8 staff, 5 who are permanently based at Te Papa and 3 Development Officers who work in the field providing face to face support and feeding back to the team the needs of the sector.
  • NSTP offers support, advice, and practical assistance on museum matters such as: governance, management, and planning care of collections and taonga exhibitions and other public services relationships with communities customer service. Their services and programmes include: the New Zealand Museums Standards Scheme Ngā Kaupapa Whaimana a Ngā Whare Taonga o Aotearoa   He Rauemi Resource Guides practical training opportunities Development Officer service a freephone helpline: 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743) professional development opportunities research on mātauranga Māori and the development of cultural centres presentations by national and international subject experts on-site support.
  • 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.
  • NZMuseums - One Year On

    1. 1. NZMuseums One Year Live A recap of the first year for and a look at future plans   Paul Rowe, Vernon Systems National Digital Forum Conference Wellington, Nov 23rd 2009
    2. 2. A website for all New Zealand Museums
    3. 3. From the small...
    4. 4. the large
    5. 5. <ul><li>Launched Sep 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Represents 400 museums </li></ul><ul><li>Collection records and images from 60 museums (many volunteer run) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Website administered by: National Services Te Paerangi, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa The team on the Our Space map at Te Papa
    7. 7. How they help He Rauemi Resource Guides 0508 freephone helpline
    8. 8. NZMuseums allows you to find our treasures
    9. 9. To talk about them
    10. 10. ...and help others find them
    11. 11. Built on top of the eHive collections management system <ul><li>Within eHive , each contributor has their own login to create and edit content and upload images </li></ul>
    12. 12.
    13. 13. NZMuseums – One Year Live
    14. 14. New contributors every month
    15. 15. Continuous new collection items
    16. 16. <ul><li>National cultural events website </li></ul><ul><li>Data shared with NZMuseums through RSS feeds for each museum </li></ul>Search for NZLive event information from NZMuseums
    17. 17. NZMuseums widget Example of NZMuseums widget on the Te Papa website
    18. 18. NZMuseums on Twitter
    19. 19. Twitter is a place where you can follow things you’re interested in
    20. 20. Contribute to discussions
    21. 21. Comment on things, share links, publish notices
    22. 22. Enhancements in eHive <ul><li>Summary reports for National Services on NZMuseums contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Approval process for new NZMuseums contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Options to download your content in several formats, including an Excel spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Search friendly (human readable) webpage addresses </li></ul>
    23. 23. Acquisitions tracking almost ready for release
    24. 24. Why be on NZMuseums? <ul><li>Reduces barriers to achieving a web presence </li></ul><ul><li>Show it to the world! (1,000 views of Nelson Provincial Museum’s 50 records) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal funds and expertise required </li></ul><ul><li>The information can automatically flow onto other projects with the planned DigitalNZ integration </li></ul>Nelson Provincial Museum
    25. 25. “ Using the NZMuseums website as motivation, we narrowed our selection down to 100 artefacts, took the digital photographs, and researched what we could in the time available.” “ We have found the NZMuseums web site to be very useful, and a great way to display our collections to a much wider audience. Local people have shown more interest since having seen their museum on the Internet, and tourists are able to access it ahead of their stay.“ Roslyn Miles, Administrator, Raglan Museum, wrote about her experience with the project: Raglan Museum’s profile page on NZMuseums Case Study: Raglan Museum
    26. 26. Plans for NZMuseums for 2010 <ul><li>Better blogging integration through Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with DigitalNZ </li></ul><ul><li>Mark rights for records and images </li></ul><ul><li>Programming interfaces (API) for 3 rd party developers </li></ul><ul><li>User created galleries </li></ul>
    27. 27. What’s an API and what’s it doing to my museum data? <ul><li>Application Programmable Interface </li></ul><ul><li>The way two websites or applications talk to each other using an agreed set of questions and response formats </li></ul><ul><li>Data created in one place can be repurposed </li></ul><ul><li>Share your stories </li></ul>Website 1 Collection Records . . . . . Website 2 Collection Records Redisplayed with different presentation . . . . . API – “the telephone line”
    28. 28. DigitalNZ helping with bottlenecks <ul><li>Online guides through Make It Digital </li></ul><ul><li>Helpdesk for all aspects of digital lifecycle </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregated data for whole cultural sector </li></ul><ul><li>Forum to propose & vote for digital projects </li></ul>
    29. 29. DigitalNZ: the digital life cycle
    30. 30. NZMuseums integration with DigitalNZ
    31. 31. <ul><li>Harvesting is the process of copying core information between multiple website & applications </li></ul><ul><li>Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Harvesting Metadata – OAI-PHM </li></ul><ul><li>Create filters of information </li></ul><ul><li>DigitalNZ’s preferred method is OAI-PHM </li></ul>Data Harvesting
    32. 32. Sharing data <ul><li>Copyright issues </li></ul><ul><li>Less control of where your data ends up </li></ul><ul><li>eHive - 3 rd party search “opt-out” option </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Commons licences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright holders only </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No rights reserved, custom rights statements, all rights reserved </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Summary <ul><li>Infrastructure to get data in is complete </li></ul><ul><li>Extending the functions for contributors to edit and manage the content </li></ul><ul><li>Working on new ways to share the data with other websites </li></ul><ul><li>Programming interfaces will allow new ways to view the data </li></ul>
    34. 34. Contact Info <ul><li>Paul Rowe </li></ul><ul><li>Joint CEO </li></ul><ul><li>Vernon Systems </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Lucie Paterson Communications Officer National Services Te Paerangi [email_address]   Twitter: