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  • True accessibility to a museum's collections in the 21 st century must involve electronic access to its documentation assets. Delivering this requires museums to identify and negotiate end user requirements, to re-purpose material, to maximise limited resources for content creation, and to develop the technology for capture and delivery. Where information lies in disparate systems, ways must be found of joining information sources to both maximise and simplify access to content. The V&A's experiences undertaking the Core Systems Integration Project, which initially aims to aggregate and deliver museum object, bibliographic and archival data, provide a useful example for others engaging with these issues.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered one of the world's greatest museum of art and design. The purpose of the V&A is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. All our efforts are focused upon a central purpose: the increased use of our displays, collections and expertise as resources for learning, creativity and enjoyment by audiences within and beyond the United Kingdom.
  • Since 2003, 'Access to Images' has established a publishing mechanism to the Web for Museum object and image data drawn from their respective source systems. Stand-alone gallery multimedia have been developed, such as the British Galleries Online database, but these are neither connected to the source systems nor directly publishable to the Web.
  • Providing Print Quality Object Images for Free Public Download

    1. 1. Providing Print Quality Object Images for Free Public Download MCN2009 Sarah Winmill 14 November 2009
    2. 2. The Victoria and Albert Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, front façade As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    3. 3. The Victoria and Albert Museum Chihuly chandelier photographed by Claudedecf on 28 February 2006 and posted on flickr As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    4. 4. The Victoria and Albert Museum Volume overlap 1 photographed by rbrw on 21 December 2006 and posted on flickr As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world
    5. 5. V&A Collections <ul><li>Approximately 1.1 million three dimensional objects </li></ul>The Three Graces by Antonio Canova (© Victoria and Albert Museum)
    6. 6. Search the Collections © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    7. 7. Search the Collections © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    8. 8. Search the Collections © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    9. 9. Search the Collections © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    10. 10. Old publication and delivery process
    11. 11. The Digital FuturePlan challenge Hemp string (c.400-1000) Mazartargh fort site
    12. 12. V&A Collections <ul><li>Approximately 1.1 million three dimensional objects </li></ul>The Three Graces by Antonio Canova (© Victoria and Albert Museum)
    13. 13. Collections Information System object records
    14. 15. Copyright assumptions <ul><li>Images were flagged as still in copyright where; </li></ul><ul><li>the artist was known to have died in or after 1936; or </li></ul><ul><li>the artist with no know death date was known to have been born after 1836 </li></ul><ul><li>Images were flagged as out of copyright where; </li></ul><ul><li>the artist was known to have died in or before 1936; or </li></ul><ul><li>the artist with no know death date was known to have been born before 1830; or </li></ul><ul><li>there was no birth or death date for the artist but the object was made before 1830 </li></ul>
    15. 16. Old publication and delivery process
    16. 17. Publication and delivery process
    17. 18. Publication and delivery process
    18. 19. Publication and delivery process
    19. 20. Terms and Conditions <ul><li>‘ Special’ use only </li></ul><ul><li>Academic/educational/scholarly publications </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>Student theses </li></ul><ul><li>Private study and research </li></ul><ul><li>Critical editorial use </li></ul><ul><li>Charity, Society and Trust Newsletters </li></ul>
    20. 21. Terms and Conditions <ul><li>Print-run under 4,000 </li></ul><ul><li>One-time use </li></ul><ul><li>Inside publication use only i.e. not for book jackets or cover pages </li></ul><ul><li>Reproduction of images up to A5 size only </li></ul><ul><li>All images must be credited as follows: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London </li></ul><ul><li>No copyright or proprietary right is conveyed with the use of any image downloaded from this site </li></ul><ul><li>Images may not be passed on for third-party use </li></ul><ul><li>Images may not be used on any electronic media </li></ul><ul><li>Images may be cropped but not changed or manipulated in any way without written permission from V&A Images </li></ul><ul><li>Where the number of images to be reproduced exceeds 25% of the total number of illustrations used in the Licensed Material, V&A Images must be notified in advance. </li></ul>
    21. 22. Design
    22. 23. Design
    23. 24. Design
    24. 25. Navigation
    25. 26. Development <ul><li>Web Technical Manager with two Developers </li></ul><ul><li>6 month development cycle </li></ul><ul><li>SLES Linux Servers </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL Database Server </li></ul><ul><li>Python/Django API </li></ul><ul><li>PHP/Symfony front-end </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal account management </li></ul>
    26. 27. Delivery
    27. 28. Delivery <ul><li>One Web Developer </li></ul><ul><li>1 week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Plus a little testing and bug fixing) </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. Full catalogue Search the Collections <ul><li>“ This is a very exciting development for the V&A as for the first time we are able to make our wealth of knowledge and expertise available to everybody. We know our visitors and website users want to know more about the V&A’s collections, whether it is a school child working on a project or an artist or craftsperson looking for inspiration.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Jones, Director </li></ul>
    29. 30. Thank you ? Sarah Winmill [email_address]

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