How do I access eHive?
Because it’s web-based, you can log in to your eHive account from any computer with an internet connection. Just go to eHive.com and enter your sign in details to access your account.
Do I need any training or specialist knowledge to use the system?
eHive is a simple to use system that requires no specific training.
We take care of the hosting, backups and software and hardware upgrades, so you don’t have to worry about installing or upgrading any software. This makes it ideal for collectors or smaller institutions who don’t have dedicated IT staff.
Who uses eHive?
eHive is used worldwide by a diverse range of cultural institutions, clubs and societies, and private collectors. You can see a full list of organisations that have public collections on eHive’s Explore Collections page.
Will eHive be suitable for my collection?
eHive has seven different object record types that cater to different types of objects; Archives, Archaeology, Art, History, Library, Natural Science, and Photography and Multimedia. Each record type enables you to capture both descriptive and administrative information about your object. In addition to object records, eHive also supports the tracking of acquisition information in a separate file.
If you have a larger collection, or would like the ability to record detailed information about collection management activities, you may find our other product Vernon CMS is a better fit. Vernon CMS is a sophisticated collection management system that you can tailor to suit your collection, your specific needs and your budget. For more information see our Vernon Systems company website.
Can I trial the system?
eHive’s entry level accounts are free. If you would like to test the system, simply sign up for an entry level account. This will give you 50MB of storage and full access to all of eHive’s functions.
How do I publish my records?
It’s easy to publish your collection online with eHive. Whenever you save a record you’re presented with publishing options. If you’d like your records to be published online, tick the Publish to eHive checkbox.
What if I don’t want my records to be public?
Publishing to eHive is optional. If you don’t want an object record to be publicly visible, simply untick the ‘Publish to eHive’ checkbox when saving the record. If you’d like all of your records to be private you can change your account settings so that this checkbox is unticked by default.
How much does it cost?
eHive accounts are available on an annual subscription basis covering use of the software, storage and ongoing development. The amount of storage you use determines the level you need to purchase. For example, the $US 200 per year account includes 1 GB of disk space which will store approximately 2,000 web-sized images. See the eHive Pricing page for more details.