South Georgia is a sub Antarctic island rich in natural, social and political history. It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, near the Falkland Islands, and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. South Georgia Museum is situated in the Villa of an old whaling station in Grytviken, and houses artefacts of the whaling and sealing industries, Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton, and natural and military history. South Georgia was partly the scene of the Falklands War in 1982, and is now
28 April 2009 Paul Rowe (Vernon Systems) and Pamela Lovis (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) spoke about NZMuseums and eHive at the annual Museums and the Web conference. This year the conference was in Indianapolis. The conference attracts hundreds of museum technology experts from around the world, showcasing new internet related development in the museum community and with discussions on a range of issues facing museums on the web. The conference presentation is now available on Slideshare
Today’s update to the site included some major additions: Sign up for an account After running a closed beta on the site over the first part of the year, we’re now ready to open it up for all interested users. You can now sign up through the link on the top right. New Administrator Options for Communities Any communities can now have an additional approval step before an account can join the community. The community administrator can view lists of
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are the historical site of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi); New Zealand’s founding document. The 506 hectare site was gifted to New Zealand in trust by Lord and Lady Bledisloe in 1932 and is now home to numerous artefacts of key historical significance, as well as being a vibrant and active historical site. Their collections comprise Māori and Pākehā historical artefacts, archives and art. Go to Waitangi National Trust »
A minor update to eHive was performed on 31 March 2009. It included: New short aliases for common fields to save typing when searching. You can read about search aliases in the Help Topic –http://en.wiki.ehive.com/wiki/Searching#Internal_field_names Payment screen now live for account purchases and renewals
It’s been seven weeks since the last update to eHive and the team at Vernon Systems have been busy. The 12 March 2009 update includes: New tab in the create/edit screen for Acquisition – 13 new fields covering acquisition notes, value, funding, credits and provenance. New tab in the create/edit screen for Administration – 29 new fields covering status, activities, deaccessioning, copyright, research and comments. New tab in the create/edit screen for Conservation – 27 new fields covering original and
Owaka Museum is situated in the beautiful Catlins region of the South Island of New Zealand. This award- winning museum is a new facility, and has been a real focal point for the community since it opened in 2007. Its collections detail the pioneering history of the area, with focus also on the coastal environment and its unique history. The collections reveal fantastic tales of early industry, life in the remote pioneering community, and the challenges of farming and living
Two minor updates to eHive were performed during January 2009. These included several fixes and enhancements: Stylesheet changes to fix page displays in some browsers (particularly Internet Explorer 6.0) Fixed a problem saving changes to the edit (create) screen Added new sorting options in the result views Reduced the compression in image thumbnails to give better quality
‘User Tagging of Online Cultural Heritage Items’ is a paper that has been prepared by a team of four staff from various Australian museums, archives and libraries on the value of user tagging. The paper is the result of a survey of Australian and New Zealand cultural institutions, and comes to some interesting conclusions.
The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses explores the innovation, sacrifice and daring of Scottish shipping history. Hundreds of lighthouses have been in use in Scotland since the 1700s to protect ships from the treacherous coasts. There were also dangers on land, with the coastline claiming the lives of Lighthouse keepers. Lighthouses evolved from a using a naked flame to using gigantic lenses and technology. Read more about the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and view their first objects on eHive. Go to
The beta version of eHive is currently available. If you want to request a beta account now, write to us at email@example.com The eHive team is hard at work enhancing features and creating new ways to get the most out of eHive. There are several features that you will see on eHive in the coming months.
The major focus for the development team over the last month has been the community functions of the system. With eHive, all content is stored in a giant database running on parallel servers. Individual account holders (e.g. a museum or private collector) can manage their collection in their own private area just like they would in a traditional package installed on their computer. However, having all of the information stored in one place makes it very easy for users to