Demonstration:Balboa Park Commons

Christina DePaolo, USA

The Balboa Park Commons is a newly launched portal featuring the diverse digital collections of the Balboa Park cultural institutions, representing archives and collections from science, history and art museums. This is the only current aggregated collections model built for and by mid-to-small museums. The demo will illustrate the simplicity of the commons user-interface, highlighting the features developed with San Diego teachers and students in mind, to use the park museum collection assets for learning. We will focus on the infrastructure built for publishing collections through the Commons for small-to-mid size museums with limited resources. Early user impressions, feedback and statistics will be shared. Demo participants encouraged to engage in a conversation about the evolving role of collections online and the resources necessary to dedicate to these efforts.