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
Museum photos from 120 museums
Thousands of objects of all collection types
Contributions from many smaller museums
90% of the content was not previously accessible on the Internet and many of the museums did not previously have a web presence.
The project is the culmination of a two year partnership between National Services Te Paerangi, a team within Te Papa, and Vernon Systems. National Services helped local museums with cataloguing their collections for the new site. Vernon Systems developed the functionality of the website while McGovern Online did the graphical design. We worked closely with the contributors to convert the data into eHive. From November the contributors will be able to update their museum and object information online.
Thank you to everyone who has helped to get the website ready for the launch. We’re already working on the last step – completing the eHive data entry screens for November!