We’ve been building in support for each account public profile page (museum directory page) to have an embedded Google Map showing their physical address. Today’s upgrade includes the bulk of the changes to support this. When you’re logged in, you can now go to Edit My Profile – Public Profile, and set a map location. This can be done by clicking the Geocode button (which gets the location from Google based on your public physical address) or by manually pasting
The latest eHive upgrade supports sorting of complex object numbers. eHive now stores the original object number entered and a formatted version which is used for sorting. You’ll see the new sort option on the search result page under Sort Records. This upgrade also includes: Sorting of draft records you have created by the date created A reduced indexing stop word list to include some two letter prefixes used by organisations in their object numbers A fix for bug where
The Royal Logistic Corps Museum tells the story of logistical support to the British Army from the time of Oliver Cromwell to the present. Visitors can examine how over the last 500 years the soldier has been transported, fed, supplied with arms and equipment and kept in touch with loved ones. Exhibits include weapons, uniforms, medals and equipment relevant to the RLC (formed 1993) and its predecessors, whose collections are also held. These include the Royal Army Service Corps, Royal
A new pick list editor was added in the latest upgrade. You can now edit the names of existing terms or delete unused ones. There’s also a handy link showing the number of records using any particular term. You can click on the link to open a new tab with a results lists of all the records.
Mike Ellis, a social web specialist based in the UK, posted an excellent presentation on why setting your content free is a good thing. You can read the presentation here.
The last two months has been a busy time for the web development team. One of the projects has been the redevelopment of the NZMuseums website. McGovern Online have updated the branding of the site and this has flowed through to all pages. The home page has also had a major overhaul. The changes include a new interactive map to find museums, display of the latest tweets from the NZMuseum Twitter stream, latest tags on the home page, a search
Our latest upgrade includes rights management support. You can now set a default licence for your content and override the licence on any specific record and its images. The licences you can choose from include Creative Commons to promote sharing and re-use of content. By default, all content has been set with a licence of ‘All rights reserved’. However, we’d love for organisations who hold the copyright to some or all of their content to choose less restrictive licences such
The National Philatelic Collection is a unique repository of philately and artworks relating to the design of Australian postage stamps. The collection presents the background story to stamp issues through items such as source photographs and artwork illustrating the development stages of the stamp design to printed proofs of the finished stamp. The collection is a source of information not only to philatelists, but also to those interested in the history of graphic design and printing in Australia. It tells
The first phase of a large batch of changes on NZMuseums has been completed. We’ve added search friendly website addresses, WordPress integration for the News section, new image zoom functions and a batch of other changes. You can read about it in full on the NZMuseums website. We’ve also fine-tuned how the pick list functions work over the last couple of weeks. You can now type into any pick list field and the possible matches will be presented. There’s also
Square cropping of images is now common on many cultural websites. It allows users to browse small arrays of images which make the most use of the available pixels, however it is hard to have generic cropping rules that work for all images. The latest eHive update has added new options for the square cropping of images. The default square cropping for portrait images has been changed to keep the top of the image. By looking through our existing portrait
NZMuseums.co.nz is a website brought about by National Services Te Paerangi (which forms a part of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington) in partnership with Vernon Systems Ltd. It features a directory of 400 New Zealand museums and galleries, who also have the opportunity to catalogue and contribute their collection items online. This is the first step in showcasing collections online for the majority of participants. Because the NZMuseums site is built utilising eHive as its
Over the last month we have gone through several technical upgrades to the eHive site, upgrading the operating system, application server and Java version. These changes will give us a good foundation for the planned enhancements in the coming year. The latest upgrade to eHive included: Bug fixes for the application we use internally to bulk load data into the eHive website Bug fix for image derivative creation which was not running in some cases. This was caused by