A refreshed collections website
5 July 2016
RAMM’s collections website has benefited from a redesign to improve visitors’ access to collections information.
The main change you’ll notice on the new version is it is faster to load images. This makes searching across the collections faster, especially if you’re using a mobile.
Collections Explorer in the museum
A key part of the recent refresh is making the website work better on mobiles and tablets. Now if you want to look up more information about an object in the gallery you’ll get the result faster.
If you search for an object by its name you can find more about when and where it was made, how old it is, who made it and where it fits in the collection. You’ll also see similar objects from the collection that are not on display because of lack of space.
You can create your own digital collection of RAMM objects by registering and then creating collections. Once created you can share or use these collections as a digital resource for reference, inspiration or get creative with the images.
The Research Collection
In 2014 RAMM launched the Research Collection. This is a digital resource for researchers to let them know about significant parts of the collection that could benefit from more research. It also provides object data for existing research projects.
Researchers can register and set up digital collections as well. This can provide a public set of records to share or can be kept hidden for personal reference.
Sharing museum data
Sharing data and making it open to others is an important aim for museums and Arts Council England. Both want to improve access to collections and digital is a great way of doing so. The website has an API that lets other websites and data gatherers use collections data. This helps use object records in RAMM’s other websites and people compiling digital information about collections.
The RAMM collections website is part of South West Collections Explorer. This brings together collections from across South West England for online visitors to explore. Devon Museum Group’s collection are going on over the summer and there are some behind the scenes improvements to the search planned.