Last Updated 5th July 2017
Our roadmap for eHive outlines the main feature requests. The features are listed in the planned order of implementation. If you have software suggestions, please post them in the Software Feedback and Suggestions section of the eHive forum. The forum provides a place to discuss issues and enhancements in greater detail.
The roadmap will be updated as enhancements are completed. Planned features may change based on further research or based on feedback from the eHive community.
Migrate image storage and derivative management to IIIF
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) has become a powerful tool for images over the web. Currently eHive has a lot of custom code to manage different image sizes and provide access to these through the site. Migrating to IIIF will allow us to build upon an international standard, streamline our codebase, and add new image features in the longer term. IIIF has rich community of add-on tools, such as side-by-side image viewers and viewers for multi-image objects such as books.
We will be building multiple logins into one account with different levels of access. Security levels will control access to areas such as account administration functions and pick list maintenance. This is likely to be a paid add-on, where sites can add additional logins for a yearly subscription fee.
We will be adding support for recording more detailed information about people and organisations. This means you can record contact details and full biographical histories for donors, artists and lenders.
Support for more media file types
eHive currently supports a wide range of image-based media. The system should be extended to audio files and video files, as well as other formats which can be viewed directly within a web browser.
Account holders will be able to gather together records from search results and create a list to save and re-use. This means that accounts holders can create their own lists for reporting, and will provide the basis for creating a list of collection highlights to show on their profile page. Saved lists can also be used for creating virtual exhibitions of objects that may be from many museums.
We will be updating our Search page to provide advanced search options. Users will be able to build searches field by field, and utilise ‘faceted’ search options (to help refine search results).
Create Screen Enhancements
The create screen will be reviewed to update the presentation of the pages and update the underlying technology we use to build the screens.
Pick list and Tag maintenance
Introduce options to merge one tag into an existing tag or one pick list term into an existing term, and then bulk update all of the affected records.
Updates to eHive are made approximately every 3 months and are described in the News – Articles section of the website.
Add support for PDF document files linked to object records. Add options per image & document to control which files public users have access to. Add default access level options (on the Account Settings page) to control image and document access.
7 Apr 2017 – 5.1.1
Add new ” ⋮ ” menu icon in record results views to access common functions such as Edit Record. Split object image maintenance into a separate screen. Allow multiple images to be uploaded in a single step, both by browsing for image files and drag and drop.
30 Jan 2017 – 18.104.22.168
Performance improvements. Check for duplicate object numbers when the object number field is changed. Pre-allocate record numbers to draft object records to allow other processes such as adding images to work the same for draft records and saved records.
15 Sep 2016 – 22.214.171.124-126.96.36.199
Minor bug fixes and performance improvements. Page URLs now include a text title at the end (such as a summary of the object or collection) to make the URLs more readable. Logged in users can now view and download original size images.
Major eHive revamp. The website is now mobile friendly and accessibility compliant. The underlying technology has been upgraded to make it easier for us to develop new features in the future and many minor enhancements have been added to the site.
17 Nov 2015 – 4.3.0
Improvement to eHive import tool used by Vernon Systems. Migrate all images to Amazaon S3 cloud storage. Complete new Application Programming Interface as part of migration to mobile-friendly design.
22 Sep 2015 – 4.2.2
Improve logged in user dashboard. The dashboard now shows an object record tag cloud and has a better layout for Tools links and recent objects.
Updates to WordPress plugins to support WordPress 4.2.1. Links from objects to communities. Option to download higher resolution original images. Performance improvements to term list maintenance. Tighter security on comments functions. Bugs fixes to term list maintenance, term list counts and links.
31 Oct 2014 – 4.1.1
Store community profile images on Amazon S3.
Major upgrade which included updates to the WordPress plugins, fixes for the pending reports queue, and improvements to the screens for editing your public profile.
13 Feb 2014 – 4.0.9
Convert automated emails to HTML format to include better layout. Upgrade application servers on primary eHive servers.
25 Oct 2013 – 4.0.8
Improve validation on sign up page. Minor bug fixes.
14 Oct 2013 – 4.0.6-4.0.7
Improve built-in help in WordPress plugins. Minor bug fixes.
26 Aug 2013 – 4.0.5
Add ‘Place Notes’ as a new public field.
22 May 2013 – 4.0.4
Add support for grey scale images. Release source code for WordPress plugins on WordPress.org with related installation notes.
22 Mar 2013 – 4.0.3
Minor bugs fixes and software upgrades on eHive servers.
23 Jan 2013 – 4.0.2
Upgrade of underlying architecture for eHive, including migration of database to new servers, upgrade of database software and upgrade of operating system.
2.0 beta release of eHive programming interfaces. These provide ways of accessing content from other websites or software.
2.0 beta release of WordPress plugins. These support developing branded websites which include object and account information from eHive.
New developers.ehive.com website to provide full technical information on using the programming interfaces and WordPress plugins.
6 Nov 2012 – 3.8
Object Type, Place Made and Maker are now clickable links (to show all object records with the same field value). Dublin Core metadata tags now embedded in object detail pages to help third party systems like search engines. OAI-PMH data harvesting extended to cover four additional public fields. Additional spam checking on comments. Metadata added to support inline citations of object pages when links posted to Twitter or Facebook.
11 Oct 2012 – 3.7
Better sorting by object number, enhancements to Excel import and Vernon Access import processes.
28 Sep 2012 – 3.6
Performance improvements, better validation in eHive import spreadsheet, upgrade payment gateway software.
14 September 2012 – 3.4.4-3.4.5
Changes to support the upcoming version 2.0 release of eHive’s Application Programming Interface.
21 August 2012 – 3.4.3
Additional sort options added. Object search results can now be sorted by many additional fields, including some private object fields if the user is logged in.
14 July 2012 – 3.4.1-3.4.2
Minor bugs fixes. Word stemming in the SOLR indexes has been disabled to avoid users getting too many results.
Support for Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Harvesting Metadata. This provides users the option to have their records and images automatically copied to aggregation sites like DigitalNZ, Trove and Culture Grid.
Migration of Excel and XML reports into our new reporting tool. Background work to support better text indexing using SOLR.
16 January 2012 – 3.2.2-3.2.3
Minor bug fixes including error when multiple images are added to a record at the same time. Upgrades to software for Joomla and SOLR.
9 December 2011 – 3.2.1
Automated emails when accounts near their storage limit. Minor fixes for new reporting tool.
Reports have been rebuilt in Jasper, a report design product, and a new downloads section has been added to eHive to allow reports to generate in the background.
29 September 2011 – 3.1-3.1.2
Database, caching and indexing changes to improve the performance of the website.
Major upgrade which includes new location history fields, new public fields, valuation history reordering, metadata for search engines and support for Internet Explorer 9.0
20 April 2011 – 2.0.1
Detail reports extended to show all private fields, not just public fields. Performance improvements to home page. Automatic emails altered to include HTML formatting.
New fields for object valuation history, faster create/edit screen and automatic notifications sent to account holders when comments are added to their public objects.
21 January 2011 – 1.9.3
Enhancement to allow for searching on words with diacritics (accented characters) with or without the diacritics. Bug fixes in label view PDF report and in saving public profile changes.
23 December 2010 – 1.9.1
30 November 2010 – 1.9
Automatic addition of map locations for existing accounts with a public address. This enables the Google Maps changes in 1.8.9 for accounts with a physical address on their public profile page. Extensions also added to eHive API to support communities.
Google maps support added allowing accounts to display a map with their physical location on their public profile page (museum directory page).
9 November 2010 – 1.8.8
Enhancement to support sorting of records in reports. Changes to beta version of eHive API.
3 November 2010 – 1.8.7
Sorting of complex object numbers. eHive now stores the original object number entered and a formatted version which is used for sorting. Draft records now sorted by date created. Bug fixes and enhancements to record indexing.
This upgrade also included:
Sorting of draft records 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 new pick list list terms were not always indexed correctly
20 July 2010-27 September 2010 – 1.8.2-1.8.6
Server-side changes for upcoming eHive application programming interfaces and WordPress plugins.
25 June 2010 – 1.8.1
A new pick list editor was added in the latest upgrade. You can edit term names and delete unused ones. Terms show the number of records they are used in, and the related records can be opened in a new tab from the link.
Support added for rights management. A default copyright licence can be assigned to all records and overridden on any individual record. The copyright licences include All Rights Reserved (the default), Creative Commons licences, and No Rights Reserved (public domain). A new Notices area for notifying account holders of any important changes was added to the logged in home page.
18 April 2010 – 1.7
Track the acquisition of one or more objects in a single acquisition lot record. The acquisition record can later be linked to one or more object records that share the same acquisition information.
Major upgrade to NZMuseums website and auto-suggestions as you type in pick list fields
Image uploading section of cataloguing screens reorganised, plus the addition of a new image cropping tool
A minor update was performed today, fixing some problems with bulk data imports and image derivative creation. We also added a social bookmarking button on key pages.
13 Nov 2009 – 1.4.1
NZMuseums search widget released
New Explore page to view the most interesting objects
Behind the scenes changes for the upcoming NZMuseums widget
Bug fixes in deleting and saving records
Export data to Excel and comma separated values formats
Search Friendly URLS – Convert the website address structure to a more human format (search friendly)
Improved layout and CSS – clearer more consistent layout, XHTML 1.0 compliance, simpler CSS
Community Administration Reports – Download list of approved members, Summary report (pending/approved/declined members, total objects)
Exhibition Labels (fixed format for printed labels)
Create screen – a new header section to make it easier to see the main details of an object, including the thumbnail image, on every tab.
Closed beta stage completed. Now anyone can sign up for an account!
New Administrator Options for Communities – approve and decline pending members.
Link back to the Home page from your username in the top header and from the eHive logo.
My Latest Objects now includes objects that do not yet have an image.
NZMuseums – Integration with NZLive.com. Search on events information from www.nzmuseums.co.nz based on content in the NZLive.com website.
New short aliases for common fields to save typing when searching.
Payment screens for account purchases and renewals.
New object cataloguing screen tabs for acquisition, administration and conservation.
New fields in many of the existing create/edit screens, particularly for Natural Sciences. New icons for cataloguing screens, plus a tidier page layout.
Choose which is the main (primary) image for objects that have multiple images.
View Account Usage – this shows the usage of disk space in the account and a history of image and record counts.
30 January 2009 – 1.0.1
Minor bug fixes, new results sorting options, better compression of images