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1 The Finnish National Gallery Database implementation Juha Inkari Aimari Oy

2 The Finnish National Gallery Database implementation  Old/current relational database  New relational database designed for CRM compatibility in mind  Conversion application to copy database contents from the old database to the new database  Task specific user-interface (10 modules)

3 Starting point  ”Flat” schema  Missing data or data in wrong place  First correct and cleanup data in the current/old database –average 1 error correcting update per row

4 New database  SqlServer 2000 RDMS –can be managed  Use CRM as a guideline  Compatibility –in the future possible to export database in a CRM compatible XML Document

5 Support for CRM  Mapping from current data structures and data to relevant CRM structures was done  Based on needed CRM structures a relational database schema was designed

6 ”Flat” schema  Source database

7 Step 1 : Add Events

8 Step 2 : Add Actor

9 Step 3 : Add Place

10 Step 4 : Add Time-Span

11 Add Activity and properties to support documentation needs

12 Normalised database The normalised database has tables for  objects  actors  events  places  time-spans Yet there has not been a need to denormalise for performance

13 Order or precedence  Catalogers want to keep the order of precedence  classifications –work of art is classified to be as more of a type ”drawing” than of a type ”painting”  materials and techniques –broader term like ”metal” before specialized term like ”bronze”. Also main materials are listed before supplemental and not so important materials.

14 Production carried out by extensions  Order of precedence to keep list of artists in the precise order requested by the artists themselves  Note used to document unknown artists School of work  Belief/certainty field –Belief/certainty classification –Mutually exclusive cases

15 Original and reproduction

16 Missing original  Shortcut to enable joining subject and time of production for example

17 Making CRM ”user friendly”  Users do have some kind of mental model about the system –our userbase refers to object records as ”cards”  Focus attention to the work problems like classification  Users could apply their CRM knowledge (if there would be any) to work problems

18 Goals  Revise the cataloging rules from 1998 –the new cataloging rules should somehow refer to CRM  In the future with successfull training curators developing cataloging rules could also map those documentation needs to CRM

19 Thats all folks 


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