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<ul><li>Towards a Database of Taonga in Museums outside New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Tapsell </li></ul><ul><li>Unive...
Prow from a war canoe (tuere) AN993278001  Oc1900,0721.1   © The Trustees of the British Museum British Museum, London
<ul><li>To establish a database of Māori and Moriori taonga held in museums outside New Zealand bringing these treasures t...
Taonga outside New Zealand Treasure Box (Papahou) 1978.412.755a, b  The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection,  Purch...
Taonga outside New Zealand <ul><li>25 countries </li></ul><ul><li>168 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>17,750 taonga </li></ul>
Taonga worldwide
 
 
 
National Museums Scotland British Museum Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Manchester Museum Museum of Archaeology and Anthropolo...
 
Field Museum Field Museum American Museum of Natural History National Museum of Natural History Bishop Museum, Hawaii Peab...
The Australian Museum South Australian Museum Queensland Museum Museum Victoria
What's available online now?
What's available online now? <ul><li>57 of 168  institutions have published Māori Taonga online (34%)  </li></ul><ul><li>7...
To what standard? Door lintel (Pare or Korupe)  61.126   Creative Commons-BY-NC  Brooklyn Museum, New York
To what standard? <ul><li>Variable in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitisation...
Interest from overseas museums
Interest from overseas museums <ul><li>Motivating factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to provide access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Who can we learn from?
Who can we learn from? <ul><ul><li>Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Nation communities o...
Who can we learn from? <ul><li>Creating Collaborative Catalogs Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zuni people of Southwestern U...
Key features Figurine ET.92.1 Musees Royaux d’art et d’histoire, Brussels
Key features <ul><li>Harvesting collection data from multiple institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Providing ways for community ...
Challenges Cape de chef 71.1966.145.1  Musée du quai Branly ,  Paris
Challenges <ul><li>Amount of content available </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of existing documentation and images </li></u...
Next steps Fish-hook A.1923.371 © National Museums Scotland  National Museums Scotland
Next steps <ul><li>Complete the scoping project (April 2012)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>further discussions with interested co...
Your feedback welcome Philip Edgar  [email_address] Arapata Hakiwai [email_address] Paul Tapsell [email_address] Thanks!
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Towards a database of Maori and Moriori taonga in overseas museums Philip Edgar, Te Papa, and Paul Tapsell

  1. 1. <ul><li>Towards a Database of Taonga in Museums outside New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Tapsell </li></ul><ul><li>University of Otago </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Edgar </li></ul><ul><li>Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa </li></ul><ul><li>Arapata Hakiwai </li></ul><ul><li>Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa </li></ul><ul><li>National Digital Forum, Wellington, 2011 </li></ul>Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  2. 2. Prow from a war canoe (tuere) AN993278001 Oc1900,0721.1 © The Trustees of the British Museum British Museum, London
  3. 3. <ul><li>To establish a database of Māori and Moriori taonga held in museums outside New Zealand bringing these treasures together in an online environment, to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>make them and the information about them more readily accessible to Māori and Moriori </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>help to restore connections and relationships with the taonga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>create a platform to share knowledge about them with those who care for them now </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Taonga outside New Zealand Treasure Box (Papahou) 1978.412.755a, b The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1960 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  5. 5. Taonga outside New Zealand <ul><li>25 countries </li></ul><ul><li>168 institutions </li></ul><ul><li>17,750 taonga </li></ul>
  6. 6. Taonga worldwide
  7. 10. National Museums Scotland British Museum Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Manchester Museum Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  8. 12. Field Museum Field Museum American Museum of Natural History National Museum of Natural History Bishop Museum, Hawaii Peabody Essex Museum Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
  9. 13. The Australian Museum South Australian Museum Queensland Museum Museum Victoria
  10. 14. What's available online now?
  11. 15. What's available online now? <ul><li>57 of 168 institutions have published Māori Taonga online (34%) </li></ul><ul><li>7,700 (43%) M ā ori Taonga catalogue records online </li></ul><ul><li>3,200 (18%) have one or more images available online </li></ul><ul><li>90% of the digitised M ā ori Taonga available online are in 10 institutions </li></ul>
  12. 16. To what standard? Door lintel (Pare or Korupe) 61.126 Creative Commons-BY-NC Brooklyn Museum, New York
  13. 17. To what standard? <ul><li>Variable in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data access </li></ul></ul>
  14. 18. Interest from overseas museums
  15. 19. Interest from overseas museums <ul><li>Motivating factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to provide access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to develop relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>incentive to digitise </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. Who can we learn from?
  17. 21. Who can we learn from? <ul><ul><li>Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Nation communities of the Northwest Coast and British Columbia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Museum of Anthropology, British Columbia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Great Lakes Research Alliance (GRASAC) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peoples of the Great Lakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carleton University, Ottawa </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plateau Peoples Web Portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Umatilla, Coeur d'Alene and Yakama nations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Washington State University </li></ul></ul>
  18. 22. Who can we learn from? <ul><li>Creating Collaborative Catalogs Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zuni people of Southwestern United States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of California, Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recalling Ancestral Voices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sámi people of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia </li></ul></ul>
  19. 23. Key features Figurine ET.92.1 Musees Royaux d’art et d’histoire, Brussels
  20. 24. Key features <ul><li>Harvesting collection data from multiple institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Providing ways for community to contribute new information to enhance the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Providing ways to feed new information back to contributing institutions </li></ul>
  21. 25. Challenges Cape de chef 71.1966.145.1 Musée du quai Branly , Paris
  22. 26. Challenges <ul><li>Amount of content available </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of existing documentation and images </li></ul><ul><li>Technical challenge to aggregate the content </li></ul><ul><li>How to encourage and facilitate community contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Where does this virtual collection sit within the NZ digital landscape? </li></ul>
  23. 27. Next steps Fish-hook A.1923.371 © National Museums Scotland National Museums Scotland
  24. 28. Next steps <ul><li>Complete the scoping project (April 2012) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>further discussions with interested communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learning from existing projects in North America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>defining our conceptual and high level technical approach </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Begin a pilot project involving five or six museums in the UK, US and Australia </li></ul>
  25. 29. Your feedback welcome Philip Edgar [email_address] Arapata Hakiwai [email_address] Paul Tapsell [email_address] Thanks!

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