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
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
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
Using eHive to create custom sites and applications
Using eHive to create custom sites and applications 1924-5 NZ ‘Invincibles’ rugby team mascot, NZ Rugby Museum Paul Rowe Vernon Systems Museums and the Web Saturday 9 th April 2011 Philadelphia
Paul Rowe Joint CEO, Vernon Systems Ltd Developers of collection management systems since 1985 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wizzer/5358480666/
Finding ways to tell your collections stories http://www.flickr.com/photos/46124960@N00/4322266394/
eHive Software as a Service CMS Collections management and online access to collections
Data storage platform <ul><li>Programming interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress plugins </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/waleedalzuhair/2492158122/
Staff in New Zealand, UK, and South Africa Focused on collections management software
<ul><li>World’s first Software as a Service CMS </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in 2008 </li></ul>
A solution to common problems faced by small museums <ul><ul><li>Limited IT resources & budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to publish to web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run by volunteers who may want to contribute from home </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/collinmel/1450793951/
eHive collection management system <ul><li>Within eHive, each contributor has their own login to create and edit object records and upload images </li></ul>
eHive web admin for collections management functions
<ul><li>Museum and collection info driven by eHive </li></ul><ul><li>Represents 400 museums </li></ul><ul><li>Collection records from 70 museums </li></ul>
What’s an API and what’s it doing to my museum data? <ul><li>Application Programmable Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Websites or applications can talk to each other </li></ul><ul><li>Data can be reused </li></ul>3 rd party website Selected collection records redisplayed with different presentation/context . . . . . API – “the telephone line” eHive Collection records . . . . .
Getting data in and out <ul><li>Bulk import via XML or spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>Export in text, Excel, PDF and XML formats </li></ul>
Example eHive user Champs Chapel Museum of East Hendred, UK
About the Trust, Museum and Village <ul><li>Small volunteer run organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed collection </li></ul><ul><li>Replacing an existing image database </li></ul><ul><li>Needed to reduce costs </li></ul>
East Hendred Museum on eHive <ul><li>Images and data converted in July 2009 </li></ul>
eHive forum and direct support http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorow/2496308570/
Sharing data http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanr/142455033/
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>eHive supports Creative Commons licences + other categories </li></ul>
Current development <ul><li>Programming interfaces for integration with other websites and products </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress plugins to enable eHive users to build their own museum websites </li></ul>
API <ul><li>RESTful </li></ul><ul><li>Returns JSON objects </li></ul><ul><li>Object, Account and Community API calls: </li></ul><ul><li>Get record by id or keyword search </li></ul><ul><li>Get recent, interesting or popular records </li></ul><ul><li>Get tags </li></ul><ul><li>Object specific API calls </li></ul><ul><li>Put (add) tags </li></ul><ul><li>Get/Put (add) comments </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. http://ehive.com/api/v1/objects?query=picasso </li></ul>
Decision to move to eHive Update the website - add new caches and publications Fresh look New functionality – tagging, commenting, contact form Vernon Systems understands museums collections Price - very competitive and good value!
Deliberately Concealed Garments Project (DCGP) new website
Pages using the eHive plugins can include static content and eHive functions
Example of an eHive & Wordpress site with different theme
Why use software as a service? <ul><li>Simplifies public access </li></ul><ul><li>No need to buy servers or manage software </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic backups & updates </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer compatibility issues </li></ul><ul><li>Access from anywhere with a web connection </li></ul><ul><li>Smaller ongoing costs, no initial purchase cost </li></ul>