strategic digital media projects collaborating with museum, university and corporate partners to implement cost-effective technology solutions into the museum space.
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ros and cons--Views across collection, great SEO with the metadata--Compromise for shared data sets – complicated, has restrictions. Image presentation
The big take away I want to leave you with is that this is a model of a shared platform for access for institutions with very little resources to make their collections accessible to the community. It is a platform that can be shared and adapted for other uses. How can this model inform your practice? Is it applicable to your interests as a student? If you are a museum professional is this model relevant to your institution or the work you do. If you are an educator – how can this model help with teaching about digital humanities practice?
The Commons and Digital Humanities
Better TogetherA Multi-institutional Digital Commons for Balboa ParkThe Commons and Digital Humanities in MuseumsThe Graduate Center, City University of New YorkNovember 28, 2012Christina DePaoloDirector of Digital Media, Balboa Park Online Collaborativecdepaolo@bpoc.org@tinabean
Balboa Park Commons ProjectTo create an online library of aggregateddigital collections representing the diversecultural organization in the park.Toolset for San Diego area teachers
BPOC History & Mission• Founded in 2008 by the Legler Benbough Foundation, now it’s own 501(3)C• Encourages strategic technology collaboration between the Balboa Park cultural organizations• Execute a fundamental change in the way park organizations approach and use technology• Help address common technology problems by providing shared tools
BPOC Initiatives• Professional development/training• Common website platform• Digitization/collection access• Mobile Apps/gaming• Technical services
Collection AcquisitionMuseum of Photographic ArtsCurrently digitizing
Digitization and digital asset management• Approximately 250,000 images and video digitized by BPOC for 22 museums, libraries, and archives over 3 years• 430,000 total assets on BPOC servers• Six different cataloging systems: EmbARK, PastPerfect, EOS, Specify, Excel, Arch ivist’s Toolkit• One digital asset management system for all
Infrastructure: Park-Wide Digital Asset Management System (DAMS)
Collecting & Coordinating Data• Manual extraction of multiple datasets• Cleanup!• Identify breakpoints• Clean some more• Crosswalk• Ingest (and pray)• Clean yet?• Have a beer
Benefits• Multiple collections and collection types represented – ability to make new discoveries• Great for SEO – great data• Cross-collection searching is possible• Each organization can participate as much or as little as they want• Individual DAMS for internal asset management
Limitations• Migrating data from different databases limits the ability to bring in complex label or description fields.• Distribution of finding aids and links to item level records is complicated.• Adherence to specific standards is loose.• Very little content available to present context, rich story-telling.
Benefits of Collaboration• Make technology affordable and accessible to institutions of all sizes• Improve access so the public can use the museum’s rich cultural assets• Increase cultural tourism• Enhance organizational capabilities