April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Sessions: Abstract

NZMuseums: Showcasing the collections of all New Zealand museums   go to paper

Paul Rowe, Vernon Systems, New Zealand
Wallis Barnicoat, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand

The NZMuseums Web site provides a focal point for all museums in New Zealand. A major redevelopment of the site set out to provide a strong presence on the Internet for several hundred small mainly voluntary museums. Challenges included developing a process for museums with only basic knowledge of technology to contribute, generating momentum in the sector for the project, data quality issues, and a long list of desirable functionality.

The redeveloped Web site was launched on 17 September 2008. Every museum has its own profile page on the Web site and each can catalogue highlights of the collection for a global audience.

The new Web site is the result of a collaboration between National Services Te Paerangi at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Vernon Systems Ltd, the solution provider for NZMuseums and creator of eHive, the underlying CMS.

Session: Building and Using On-line Collections [Institutional]

Keywords: community, Web 2.0, social tagging, on-line collections, museum data, collections management system, small museums