packaging University museum collections information as part of open metadata provision
Name of Lead Institution: The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Name of Project: “Contextual Wrappers 2” – packaging University Museum collections information as part of open metadata provision
Project Partners: The Collections Trust, Knowledge Integration, Gooii Ltd
Primary Contact: Dr David Scruton
Length of Project: 9 months
Project Dates: 1 November 2011 – 31 July 2012
Outline Project Description
The project will develop robust resource discovery services to make it easier for Higher Education audiences and others to find more open, integrated and contextualised collections information from across University Museums.
The project will achieve this by:
- Extending the RDTF Infrastructure ‘Contextual Wrappers’ Project to improve aggregation and discovery of collections information from University Museums. (Taking forward the ‘Next Steps’ identified at: http://context.collectionstrustblogs.org.uk/)
- Enhancing the Culture Grid service for aggregation and discovery of metadata from University Museums.
- Engaging University Museums across the UK to increase the quality and volumes of open and aggregated collections information, including joining-up with University Museums in Scotland ‘Revealing the Hidden Collections’ project: http://www.umis.ac.uk/revealing.htm
The project will be delivered by an established consortium combining: the expertise of a major
University Museum: The Fitzwilliam, University of Cambridge; Collections Trust, the national
collections management agency and an RDTF affiliate; and Knowledge Integration Ltd and Gooii Ltd, leading SMEs in collections integration technology and interface design. The project is also supported by The University Museums Group; University Museums in Scotland and the Theatre, Egyptology and Portraits Subject Specialist Networks.