Yesterday we released an updated version of Collections Online, or at least the beginnings of it. There are a few tweaks to do here and there that we will work on over the next while, and of course more features we will be adding in the future.
I won’t go into too much detail now as we’ll discuss it more over the coming weeks, highlighting the different bits and pieces we find exiting (and challenging). However in summary, our aim to make relationships between collection objects and specimens, people, places and topics more explicit, and more meaningful; to make it easier to browse the collections and Te Papa’s related knowledge; to make it a richer browsing experience; and to link out to other collections and institutions. Take a look at these samples to get a taste:
- Dunedin (place)
- Crowds (category)
- Samurai suit (Collection object)
- History Collection (Topic)
- Mother Mary Aubert (Person)
A lot of people across Te Papa have put a lot of work into getting this out there, and we look forward continuing to expand the content and tools. Bear with us while we iron out the kinks, but do let us know what you think of these early stages, what you find useful, or maybe what you’d like to see as future developments. Have a play, you might be surprised at what you find!
PS. Remember to keep an eye on the blog, where we will be giving you a bit more of a tour through the new features soon.