Click for collections
18 June 2014
A refreshing new approach to online collections could help even the smaller museums make their collections available to the world.
RAMM is currently beta-testing South West Collections Explorer, an online collections database that allows the public to enjoy and investigate collections in the South West. Started with a website for RAMM’s collections, The Museum of Somerset has added important objects from their collection and the Devon Museums Group, with over seventy members, will now add theirs.
Compatibility with Culture Grid, the Collections Trust’s online database, and Europeana, the multi-lingual European database, ensures that South West collections take their place alongside other great collections both nationally and internationally. Being economical and replicable the system is easily adopted by other museums and museum groupings.
Easy to share
Visitors to the South West Collections Explorer can comment on the objects, share information on social media and easily add images to Pinterest, a site used by millions to create and share photos representing their favourite interests and projects. Visitors can also group objects to create their online collection and keep these themed groups private or public. Curators can also create themed sets of objects for browsing, sharing or using on kiosks in exhibitions.
To try out South West Collections Explorer, visit http://swcollectionsexplorer.org.uk/.
Find out more at Museum Next
Project Coordinator and RAMM’s Digital Media Officer Rick Lawrence is presenting his experiences developing South West Collections Explorer at Museum Next, Europe’s big conference on innovation and technology in museums, 18 to 20 June in Newcastle Gateshead. His talk, DIY Museum Collections Online, is at 4:30pm on Thursday 19 June.
An Arts Council England Major Partner Museum, RAMM’s leadership role in the South West includes making collections information widely available online.