New Zealand projects to make cultural heritage more open. Open to more contributors, open to multiple access methods, open to re-use.
Vernon Systems has been developing museum software since 1985. Paul Rowe has worked for Vernon Systems since 1990.
eHive is aimed at small museums and museums wanting to collaborate. It provides a simple, low-cost way for small museums, like Owaka Museum in New Zealand, to get their collections online.
eHive provides programming interfaces, OAI-PMH data harvesting and Wordpressplugins to allow the data to be accessed by different projects and applications.
eHive’s community feature allows collections content from multiple collectors to be grouped together. NZMuseums is a community made up of all 400 museums within New Zealand.
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.
Small museums like the New Zealand Beer Can Museum now have a presence on the web.
eHive provides a range of licences for content. A default licence can be applied to all records, with individual records marked with licences where this varies.
Wordpressplugins allow individual collectors or communities to display their content within an independent Wordpress site.
NZMuseums has added Google Maps options to discovering the locations of museums. The data for this is stored in eHive.
DigitalNZ aggregates content for libraries, museums and archives in New Zealand.
Search results can be easily filtered by several different options, including the licence (usage).
Comments can be added using a Facebook login.
All pages include the record’s metadata.
Te Ara, the encyclopedia of New Zealand, provide rich information around individual topics.
Te Ara includes detailed biographies of famous New Zealanders.
Linking up resources gives users trails to follow.
Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, provides topic pages for people and places which link to individual collection records.
These topic pages link to both Te Papa web pages and external resources such as Wikipedia pages for people.
Each page also includes related results from DigitalNZ. These links are dynamically generated when the page is viewed. The DigitalNZ API returns the details of the related results.
The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre holds digital copies of significant NZ & Pacific texts. Te Papa links to these from the topic pages.
All content on Te Ara and NZ Electronic Text Centre is licensed through Creative Commons. DigitalNZ, NZMuseums and eHive has a mixture of licences, including Creative Commons.
Each museum is an expert in a particular area. Museums have a opportunity to create rich web resources which users trust. Linking these resources helps to create trails for users to follow, not dead-ends.
London open data meetup
Open data in New Zealand<br />Thursday 6thOct 2011<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/9614328@N02/6100020828<br />
Paul RoweJoint CEO, Vernon Systems Ltd<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/2627291590<br />
eHive: Collections Management & Public Access<br />
World’s first Software as a Service CMS<br />Launched in 2008<br />
One OAUTH key per app or site<br />Wordpress site for your museum<br />3rd party application<br />Regional website which harvest your data<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtinalamb/61688141/<br />
Open Archives Initiative Harvesting Support<br />
Wordpress site using eHive’s community function<br />