packaging University museum collections information as part of open metadata provision
August 31, 2012Posted by on
The project has provided invaluable insight into open data and resource disocvery issues for University Museums and the use of collection descriptions to aid this; resulting in some important improvements to aggregation services and the development of new interfaces to present and promote these exceptional collections to higher education and other audiences. A summary follows:
The project has produced:
- 3 consultation reports, providing evidence of the data landscape and resource discovery needs of University Museums, available from: https://contextualwrappers2.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/wrappers-on-the-road-again-focus-group-report/ and https://contextualwrappers2.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/consultation-findings/
- Incorporation of the JACS terminology into the Culture Grid Terminology Bank http://culturegrid.lexaurus.net/culturegrid/browse
- Enhancements to the Culture Grid to improve how University Museum and other collections are aggregated and described, including a schema specific to Culture Grid collection records and improved association between the types of records within Culture Grid.
- A new set of Culture Grid collection records making use of the JACS terminology
- Enhanced Institution records for University Museums within Culture Grid
- A new collection of over 5000 item records from The Egypt Centre, University of Swansea http://tinyurl.com/cnz2bpr
- Prototype user interfaces: (to be finalised as part of the on-going development of Culture Grid)
- A UK University Museums search https://contextualwrappers2.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/interface-developments/
- An enhanced UK Collections (Culture Grid) search https://contextualwrappers2.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/interface-developments/
- A mobile friendly UK Collections search
Opportunities and Possibilities
Two immediate opportunities spring to mind as the project ends:
Firstly, it would seem apt for a next stage to be a programme of content development to support University Museums, (not already in Culture Grid), to be aggregated and thus make use of the fully functioning prototype search for UK University Museums, (developed to meet the needs of users in this domain). This would provide a major resource for research, learning, teaching and collections management and an excellent promotional and advocacy tool for University Museums.
Secondly, the close association with the Open Book project has highlighted the potential benefits for associating research output data with collection descriptions, and further developments in this area would be welcome.