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A review of open data projects in the New Zealand cultural heritage sector.

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  • 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

    1. 1. Open data in New Zealand<br />Thursday 6thOct 2011<br /><br />
    2. 2. Paul RoweJoint CEO, Vernon Systems Ltd<br /><br />
    3. 3. eHive: Collections Management & Public Access<br />
    4. 4. World’s first Software as a Service CMS<br />Launched in 2008<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. Data storage platform<br /> Programming interfaces<br /> Wordpress plugins<br /><br />
    7. 7. Communities<br />
    8. 8.
    9. 9. Museum and collection info driven by eHive<br />Represents 400 museums<br />Collection records from 70 museums<br />
    10. 10.
    11. 11. Sharing data<br /><br />
    12. 12. Sharing data <br />Technical Challenges<br />Copyright issues<br />Less control of where your data ends up<br />
    13. 13. eHive supports Creative Commons licences + other categories <br />
    14. 14. 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 /><br />
    15. 15. Open Archives Initiative Harvesting Support<br />
    16. 16. Wordpress site using eHive’s community function<br />
    17. 17. Putting museums on the map<br />
    18. 18. Over 23 million records<br />
    19. 19. Easy results filtering<br />
    20. 20. DigitalNZ: Share & Comment<br />
    21. 21. Record metadata<br />
    22. 22. Organisations building on DigitalNZ’s open data<br />
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    24. 24.
    25. 25. Guide users to related resources<br /><br />
    26. 26.
    27. 27. Linking to outside sources<br />
    28. 28. Linking to outside sources<br />
    29. 29. Linking to outside sources<br />
    30. 30. Open access to significant text materials<br />
    31. 31. CC licences, multiple download formats<br />
    32. 32. Connecting rich, trusted resources<br /><br />
    33. 33. Trails, not dead-ends<br />Paul Rowe<br />Vernon Systems<br /><br />Twitter: armchair_caver<br /><br />