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1 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future EMu on the Web Past, Present and Future Alex Fell KE Software

2 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Past

3 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE TexHTML (ish). About the time the first browsers were developed. One of the first web interfaces to a database. Cutting edge for it's time. Became very complex over the course of it's lifetime.

4 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE TexHTML – Victoria Parliament

5 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Present

6 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Texxmlserver and PHP Developed initially in Aimed to simplify web development by using existing technologies (XML over HTTP and PHP). Standard Interface customisable by the customer. Custom Interface to allow more complex pages to be developed by KE Staff and external developers.

7 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Standard PHP Interface Presents a configurable, catalogue-centric view. Very quick to set up, so a collection can be on the web very soon after going live with EMu. Limited amount of customisation available. Common (shared) presentation layer makes extensive changes hard because all users of the standard interface may be affected.

8 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Custom PHP Interface Page design and operation not at all defined. Pages can be made to any brief, so no limit on design or functionality. Because no design / layout work is done for you, pages take longer to produce and complex pages often require a developer. Many of our older customers now use plenty of the custom interface as part of their sites.

9 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE Mapper Gives a spacial representation to the collection. Plots items on a map. Most easily applied to Natural History collection as locality information (lat / long etc.) comprises part of the collection information.

10 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE Mapper

11 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Object Locator Like the mapper, but displayes the current location of objects on a map of the museum. Requires location records to be supplemented with spacial information, but uses existing location database.

12 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Object Locator

13 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE Portal Draws data from several separate databases. Interface with many different databases (Texpress or otherwise) GBIF, OAI, DiGiR, Darwin Core schemas supported. In use at OZCAM, and of course, Manchester Museums Unwrapped.

14 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE Portal –

15 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future KE Portal – Unwrapped

16 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Future

17 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future PHP 5 Opportunity to re-write Standard and Custom interfaces (and rename them)? Break apart from the one-size-fits-all Standard Interface model? Is ease of use balanced by extensibility in a shared code base? What should happen to existing PHP 4 interface? Backwards compatibility?

18 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future JDBC Working driver in development, in use with KE Vitalware Better interface with database Easier to use than PHP? More transferable than PHP?

19 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Web 2.0? (what is it?)

20 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Community contributed information or narratives

21 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Narratives, descriptive keywords, opinions & comments (still narratives?)

22 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future Issues What gets contributed? Does it require museum approval? If so, how should this be presented to the museum? If not, what's the worst that could happen? Should it be stored in EMu?

23 Collections Management Museums EMu on the Web – Past, Present and Future EMu on the Web Past, Present and Future


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