Pili Foss Mitchell, Interaction Consortium With extensive collections, busy events schedules and a focus on exceptional visitor experience, museums and galleries have a lot of moving parts to manage. The fact that these parts are usually handled by different software can further complicate matters, significantly monopolising staff time and resources. Choosing technology that is built to integrate with other systems is often the solution to keep museum technology united and harmonious.
Deakin University’s Art Collection has been in existence since the University’s inception 40 years ago, and consists of around 1600 diverse pieces. The collection is housed across Deakin’s four campuses: Melbourne (Burwood), the Waterfront and Waurn Ponds campuses in Geelong, and Warrnambool.
The Gold Museum Ballarat (Australia) manages the collections of The Sovereign Hill Museums Association (SHMA) and serves as the regional museum for the Ballarat and central goldfields area. The Association holds some 100,000 items located at both the Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum and in the Gold Museum. Collections in the Outdoor Museum are focused on the gold mining and social history of Ballarat, with key collections in mining technology and the working and domestic lives of the people of Ballarat.
The Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards are held every year as part of the Museums Australia conference. They recognise excellence in exhibitions, publications and websites within the Australian and New Zealand museum sector. This year one of our clients, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, won the Best Website (Category A – large organisations) award.
The River & Rowing Museum, UK launched their new and improved website in 2012. The redesign aimed to create a clean modern look to the site with better use of photography as well as creating a more engaging user experience. We incorporated new technologies using an open source content management system that would be easier for staff to use and allow for on-going upgrades. The previous site already had access to the collection through the Vernon browser, but this site was