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.
The North Otago Museum holds an impressive photographic collection comprising of over 500,000 photographs of North Otago people and places, ranging in date from the 1860’s up to the present day. These photographs are on a range of media including glass plates, cellulose negatives and paper prints. For over twenty years this valuable collection was housed in two safes within the main museum building. The environment within both safes was unsuitable for the storage of photographic collections, with temperature and
The Otago Museum is leading the way in widely adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging, a system that will eventually see every collection item tracked within Vernon Collection. The RFID process involves attaching a RFID tag (which contains a microchip with a unique ID encoded to its memory and a small antenna) to a collection item which can then be detected as the item travels past readers, or with a mobile device.