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Discovering New Zealand Museums


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New Zealand digital initiatives to create and share cultural content

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Discovering New Zealand Museums

  1. 1. Discovering New Zealand Museums New Zealand digital initiatives to create and share cultural content   Paul Rowe, Vernon Systems Museums Association Conference London, Oct 6 th 2009
  2. 2. We are here
  3. 3. Only 4 million people
  4. 4. ... but a lot of digital initiatives Na tional Digital Forum Coalition of museums, archives, art galleries, libraries and government DigitalNZ Collaborative initiative led by the National Library of NZ
  5. 5. The Internet is a big place 226 million websites (Sep 2009 Netcraft Web Server Survey)
  6. 6. It can be hard to find what you’re looking for
  7. 7. What you’re looking for isn’t always there
  8. 8. Filters help you get the layer you’re interested in
  9. 9. <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>
  10. 10. Website administered by: National Services Te Paerangi, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa The team on the Our Space map at Te Papa
  11. 11. How they help He Rauemi Resource Guides 0508 freephone helpline
  12. 12. NZMuseums allows you to find our treasures
  13. 13. To talk about them
  14. 14. ...and help others find them
  15. 15. How did the website come about? Redevelopment of an older directory site Vernon Systems were the successful tender for the new site New site to be based on eHive
  16. 16. <ul><li>Focal point for all New Zealand museums </li></ul><ul><li>Desired content was not in digital form </li></ul><ul><li>Most contributors had very limited resources </li></ul>
  17. 17. DigitalNZ: the digital life cycle
  18. 18. 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>
  19. 19. 2006: NZMuseums focus groups <ul><ul><li>Volunteers are key - keep in simple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep costs low </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It should be possible to contribute without the Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline benefits and address concerns </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 2003: 85% wanted to contribute
  21. 21. Benefits for small museums <ul><li>Reduces barriers to achieving a web presence </li></ul><ul><li>Unified approach across New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Entry point into simple collections management </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal funds and expertise required </li></ul><ul><li>Show it to the world! </li></ul>Motueka Museum
  22. 22. Getting museums onboard <ul><li>Electronic newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Museum Development Officers in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Training workshops </li></ul>
  23. 23. Online forum – avoid answering the same question many times
  24. 24. Spreadsheet for data contributors <ul><li>Could be used without an internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping stone between existing systems and eHive </li></ul>
  25. 25. eHive collection management system <ul><li>Within eHive , each contributor has their own login to create and edit content and upload images </li></ul>
  26. 26.
  27. 27. Each contributor has their own directory page
  28. 28. eHive web admin for collections management functions
  29. 29. Don’t reinvent the wheel <ul><li>Used Open Source software </li></ul>
  30. 30. 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 </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”
  31. 31. Integration with NZLive <ul><li>National cultural events website </li></ul><ul><li>Data shared with NZMuseums through RSS feeds for each museum </li></ul>
  32. 32. <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><ul><li>OAI-PHM is in the Europeana roadmap </li></ul>Data Harvesting
  33. 33. 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>
  34. 34. Summary <ul><li>If the content isn’t on the web, expect handholding </li></ul><ul><li>Need filters for different audiences </li></ul><ul><li>APIs allow you to share your stories </li></ul><ul><li>Data harvesting can build a new view of data from scattered sources </li></ul><ul><li>Need to indicate the rights associated with records/images to allow legal re-use </li></ul>
  35. 35. 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>