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
It’s been relentlessly cloudy and wet weather here in Auckland over the winter, so it feels somehow appropriate that we’ve been working on tag cloud functions. Tags are descriptive keywords and phrases that users can add to page to help others find content. For example, a painting might have been described as an oil on canvas by Picasso featuring a clock. Additional tags could be added for ‘painting’, ‘Pablo Picasso’ and ‘Grandfather clock’, all of which will help with finding
Whether you are a small museum or individual collector, there are many things you can do now to prepare to digitise your collections. Since the Copyright laws in New Zealand have just changed for the first time since 1994, it is the perfect time to find out what you always wished you knew. Copyright – an easy introduction These guidelines provide you with introductory information on some of the copyright questions that are often raised in the museum, heritage and
The fabled story of the growth of New Zealand pottery company Crown Lynn is one most New Zealanders are familiar with. Becoming the largest pottery company in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1970s and fostering young design talent with their Crown Lynn Design Awards are just some aspects of the business we admire. Read more about the history and see Crown Lynn objects as catalogued by the Portage Ceramics Trust. The trust was established to catalogue a private Crown Lynn
The NZMuseums site has been up and running for one month now and has had great feedback. We are pleased at the positive reception it has had within the sector and from the general public. We have done a number of updates of the site, including minor tweaks behind the scenes and loading of new content. In the first month the site had 5,500 visitors from 60 countries (and we’re fast approaching the 10,000th visitor milestone!). It has been fantastic
We’re pleased to have reached a major milestone in the development of eHive. On September 17th 2008, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa hosted the official launch of the NZMuseums website. The website provides a directory of 400 museums in New Zealand and showcases the collections of 50 of these as at the launch date. The museum information, collection catalogues and images are all stored in eHive. You can view the website at www.nzmuseums.co.nz Highlights include: Museum photos