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NZMuseums: Showcasing the collections of all New Zealand museums

TitleNZMuseums: Showcasing the collections of all New Zealand museums
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRowe, P., & Barnicoat W.
Secondary TitleMuseums and the Web 2009. Proceedings
Conference Start DateApril 15-18, 200
PublisherArchives & Museum Informatics
Place PublishedIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
EditorTrant, J., & Bearman D.
Keywordscollections management systems, community, museum data, online collections, small museums, social tagging, Web 2.0

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.