Philip Edgar and Adrian Kingston - Te Papa’s new Collections Online: Providing meaningful relationships

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Te Papa’s re-developed Collections Online website uses the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model to expose the rich relationships that exist between objects and the people, places, categories and stories …

Te Papa’s re-developed Collections Online website uses the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model to expose the rich relationships that exist between objects and the people, places, categories and stories that surround them. The site connects objects using Getty and Library of Congress thesauri to encourage visitors to browse widely and deeply. The site also employs the DigitalNZ API to create further links to related New Zealand content.

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  • access to the collections and related knowledge through images and descriptions, but also in a way that allows for understanding relationships between objects (created by semantically interrelated metadata)
  • “ dumb” search results no links to related content potentially losing visitors inefficient content production and delivery

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  • 1. Te Papa’s Collections Online Providing meaningful relationships Philip Edgar & Adrian Kingston Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa National Digital Forum, Wellington, 2009 http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 2. Today’s presentation describes
    • the vision for our online collection
    • the goals of our re-launched site
    • the approach we took
    • the challenges
    • future possibilities
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  • 3. Te Papa’s Collections Online
    • first launched Sept 2005
    • re-launched July 2009
      • 150,000 object records now available
      • 50,000 with images
      • Also records for people, places, categories, and narrative topics
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  • 4. The vision for our online collection
    • visitors can understand the relationships between objects
    • visitors can follow their own pathway of enquiry through our collections
    • our objects are connected with other digital collections in a meaningful way
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 5. The goals for the re-launched site
    • offer the visitor:
      • more than just “dumb” search results
      • the chance to explore the rich relationships that connect objects
      • suggestions for meaningful related content
      • links out to external digital collection
    • implement the necessary infrastructure
      • for more meaningful interoperability
      • efficient content production
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  • 6. The goals for the re-launched site
    • offer the visitor:
      • more than just “dumb” search results
      • the chance to explore the rich relationships that connect objects
      • suggestions for meaningful related content
      • links out to external digital collection
    • implement the necessary infrastructure
      • for more meaningful interoperability
      • for more efficient content production
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 7. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • a conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 8. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • a conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 9. Centralised information
    • EMu Collection Information System
      • central repository and framework for all collection related content
      • all collections
      • all media
      • narrative content
      • vocabularies
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  • 10. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 11. Controlled vocabularies
    • Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus
    • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    • Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Material
    • internal vocabularies and local additions to international thesauri
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  • 12. Controlled vocabularies
    • consistent, automated, relationship building
    • enhanced search results via “alternates” and “used fors”
    • enhanced searching and browsing via hierarchical structure
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  • 13. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 14. The conceptual framework
    • CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model
      • ISO 21127:2006
      • www.cidoc-crm.org
    • provides definitions and a formal structure for describing implicit and explicit concepts and relationships used in cultural heritage documentation
    • (Nicholas Crofts presentation UK EMu Users Meeting 2007)
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  • 15. The conceptual framework for us
    • highlights how objects, people, places and other “topics” relate to each other
    • makes these relationships precise, explicit and unambiguous
    • provides a building block for more meaningful interoperability
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  • 16. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 17. “ Conceptual cataloguing”
    • from “what something is” and “what it’s made of” to
      • “ what it’s about”
      • “ what influenced it’s production”
      • “ what use it was intended for”
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  • 18. The approach we took
    • a standards based approach
      • centralised information
      • controlled vocabularies
      • conceptual framework
      • conceptual cataloguing
    • and now the results….
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  • 19. Diagrams and Demonstration Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 20. Wellington Collection objects Topics The 1885 Industrial Exhibition On the afternoon of Saturday 1 August, 1885, in a huge building on the corner of Wellington’s Lambton Quay and Stout Street, the Governor General opened the New Zealand Industrial Exhibition. The 655 Government Buildings Government Buildings, completed in 1876, cost £39,000. They represented the change from provincial government to central government in New Zealand. The size of the structure meant that, for the first time, government ministers… Made by Refers to Refers to Refers to Worked at Died at Born at Depicts Collected at Refers to Made at Depicts Refers to Brian Brake Sir Julius Vogel People & organisations Alexander Turnbull
  • 21. Sir Julius Vogel Refers to Alexander Turnbull Worked at Died at Born at Made by Depicts Collected at Refers to Made at Depicts Refers to Government Buildings Government Buildings, completed in 1876, cost £39,000. They represented the change from provincial Refers to Wellington Carte de visite - Portraits for people The carte de visite (calling-card photo) was the first type of photograph produced on paper Depicts Refers to Depicts Biography of Julius Vogel He was born in London to Albert Vogel and Phoebe Isaac. His parents separated when he was six, and Julius was brought up by Refers to Died at Auckland Brian Brake Depicts Made by Made by Pablo Picasso Depicts India Made at Made by Made at Made at Made at Is type of Baskets Is type of Is type of Is type of Is type of The PlaySchool toys Blah bl;ah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Refers to James Bragge Made by Made by Refers to Beards Depicts Hair Narrower Born at Died at Albumen prints Refers to Refers to Refers to Refers to Type of Made by 1895 Industrial Exhibition On the afternoon of Saturday 1 August, 1885, in a huge building on the corner of Wellington’s Lambton Quay and Died at Refers to
  • 22. Semantic relationships
    • Handkerchief (object) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ObjectDetails.aspx?oid=655522
    • Captain Cook ( person ) http:// collections.tepapa.govt.nz/party.aspx?irn =10800
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  • 23. Smarter searching
    • Banks : Person, Place, or where you put your money?
    • http:// collections.tepapa.govt.nz /
    • Alternate terms, alternate spellings
    • http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/search.aspx?term=infidelity
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  • 24. Category & place browsing
    • Sydney : Person or Place?
    • http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/search.aspx?term=sydney
    • Guns: Category
    • http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/objectdetails.aspx?oid=63464
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  • 25. The challenges
    • CIDOC CRM is complex – barrier to entry
    • doesn’t map easily to any collection information system
    • technical and cultural challenges with thesauri
    • conceptual cataloguing was a big change
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  • 26. Potential for the future
    • expandable across info types and systems
    • visual interface layers
    • interoperate in a meaningful way
      • will require shared authorities and vocabularies
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  • 27. The vision for our online collection
    • visitors can understand the relationships between objects
    • visitors can follow their own pathway of enquiry through our collections
    • our objects are connected with other digital collections in a meaningful way
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 28. Concluding comments
    • invested in central content repository
    • invested in standards
    • more meaningful search results
    • understand connections between objects
    • meaningful browsing of related content
    • links to external content
    • positioned well for future interfaces
    • positioned well for “joining up collections”
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 29. Concluding comments
    • invested in central content repository
    • invested in standards
    • more meaningful search results
    • understand connections between objects
    • meaningful browsing of related content
    • links to external content
    • positioned well for future interfaces
    • positioned well for “joining up collections”
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 30. Concluding comments
    • invested in central content repository
    • invested in standards
    • more meaningful search results
    • understand connections between objects
    • meaningful browsing of related content
    • links to external content
    • positioned well for future interfaces
    • positioned well for “joining up collections”
    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 31. Thanks & FYI
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address]
    • http://www.twitter.com/tepapacolonline
    • http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz
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