Phill Purdy - Collections Trust sector support and programmes


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Presentation by Phill Purdy, Grid Manager for the Collections Trust at the CT / Museums Galleries Scotland partnership event in Edinburgh on 2 March 2010 .

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Phill Purdy - Collections Trust sector support and programmes

  2. 2. <ul><li>Culture Grid joins and open up UK collections information for all (object, collection and institution records and associated images; audio, video, documents etc), </li></ul><ul><li>It feeds collections information to many different services / websites / applications e.g. object, collection or institution finding services; place or subject specific services to reach more people in more ways </li></ul><ul><li>It is managed by Collections Trust as a ‘shared service’ for the sector and is being developed in partnership with technical affiliates Knowledge Integration Ltd </li></ul>What is CULTURE GRID ?
  3. 3. <ul><li>It makes more people aware of your services and collections to help meet all aspects of your missions: curatorial; educational; social and economic </li></ul><ul><li>It fits sector development strategies, addressing the need to increase access to, use and impact of UK collections information identified in Digital Britain Final Report etc </li></ul>What use is CULTURE GRID ?
  4. 4. <ul><li>It’s happening now! </li></ul><ul><li>The Grid runs as a ‘start up’ service project from April 2009 to Mar 2011 , funded through mixed core and project funding </li></ul><ul><li>From April 2011 the Grid is to be sustained as a core service by Collections Trust as part of its mission to ensure that collections are accessible to all </li></ul><ul><li>Developments to April 2010 focus on establishing technical systems and service management for adding, managing and supplying UK collections information </li></ul><ul><li>Developments from April 2010 to Mar 2011 focus on operational service development , particularly increasing access to and use of UK collections information and ensuring continued growth and currency of content </li></ul>When is CULTURE GRID going to happen?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Grid Development Path </li></ul><ul><li>Service and systems development: content management tools; user support etc </li></ul><ul><li>Content: Legacy (PNDS; Cornucopia etc) + programme / projects content inc Renaissance; MGS; 2012People’s Record </li></ul><ul><li>Use: Legacy (PN Discover; E20CL) + Europeana + Collections Description Services etc </li></ul>April 2010 April 2011 Europeana
  6. 6. Connecting UK Collections More people have more ways to access collections information Collecting organisations get more and different people using their collections information for more and different things Grid manages joined up UK collections information and offers it (wholly or partly) for different uses via open standards and good practices for ‘open data’ Many services, e.g. Portals, search engines, broadcasters get single point access to lots of collections information What are benefits of Culture Grid?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Over 730,000 object records , mostly images, from over 50 different collections of national, regional and local scope from museums, libraries and archives of all kinds </li></ul><ul><li>Over 8,000 collection descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Over 7,000 institution descriptions of museums, libraries, archives etc </li></ul><ul><li>Covering all of UK and all subjects from pre-historic artefacts to contemporary zoology </li></ul>What is in CULTURE GRID now?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Hopefully everywhere! When they most want it, in the way they most want it! </li></ul><ul><li>Any websites, e.g. Yours! Or region or subject focused portals can now add a search of collections in the Grid (or connect to Grid by harvesting or Search API interaction ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Grid powers UK collections information into Europeana </li></ul><ul><li>The Grid powers People’s Network Discover and Exploring 20 th Century London and will power 2012 People’s Record Community Archive and collection finding services </li></ul><ul><li>Search Engines such as Google will be able to index all information from the Grid, from April 2010 and similarly broadcasters such as the BBC could access and present UK collections information to reach mainstream audiences </li></ul>Where and how do people find your collections via CULTURE GRID ?
  9. 9. And from April 2010 Connecting UK Collections
  10. 10. <ul><li>Over 2 million object records from 100+ collections aimed for by April 2011 via: </li></ul><ul><li>Funded programme requirements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Europeana (Local & Athena) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renaissance in the Regions, inc Subject Specialist Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project join up: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2012 People’s Record (Community Archive) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University Museums in Scotland Collection & Item Records (SPIRIT project) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspire (Library collection descriptions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject Specialist Networks Collections Mapping (Portraiture) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embedding in Collections Management schemes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accreditation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other, its an open invitation to contribute... </li></ul>How will CULTURE GRID grow?
  11. 11. <ul><li>See me after! </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about collections information you can offer (now or in future) </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us about why you may not be able to (in case we can work things through) </li></ul><ul><li>Tell us how you’d like to be able to use collections information from Grid (in case we can make it happen now or in future!) </li></ul><ul><li> from April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>How can you get involved in CULTURE GRID ?
  13. 13. <ul><li>To improve sector engagement with issues and practices re ‘long term access’ to digital content. (esp for smaller institutions) </li></ul><ul><li>2 phases: to April 2010 and beyond... </li></ul><ul><li>Advisor Group assembled to input to, endorse and champion outputs, inc MGS, TNA, BL, MLA, DPC, ADS, UKOLN and CT </li></ul><ul><li>Set of principles for sector to adopt to support long term access to digital content and comms plan, by April 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance and other tools to support adoption of sustainability practice, inc digital archiving /preservation from April 2010 (via Collections Link) </li></ul>Aims, schedule and outputs
  14. 14. <ul><li>Cultural organisations have the same duty of care for both the physical and the digital material they hold </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of digital material supports sustainability of the organisation and therefore should be embedded in all organisational strategies, policies, practices and roles </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of digital material supports front line service delivery and offers opportunity for new services to be efficiently developed into the future </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability of digital material should be considered throughout the service delivery life-cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Service delivery needs and priorities should inform choices about what digital material to sustain, and for how long </li></ul><ul><li>Digital material should be created and managed in order to support many uses , to enhance long term viability. </li></ul>Draft principles
  15. 15. <ul><li>Collections Trust key services: </li></ul><ul><li>Collections Link </li></ul><ul><li>SSN Connect </li></ul><ul><li>PAS 197 & SPECTRUM </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Stories of the World & Revisiting Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Sustainable Digital Content </li></ul>Thank you!