Posts written by Adrian Kingston

Updated! Collections Online

Three huia (Heteralocha acutirostris), J.G. Keulemans, circa 1900

Today we’re very pleased to make our new version of Collections Online available. We’ve made it work much better on your smartphone or tablet, while still being really useful on desktop for more in-depth research. We’ve also made the images much bigger, search results clearer, and made it easier for you to follow your own path to objects you… Read more »

From Sub-Antarctic flatworms to Niuean throwing stones: Te Papa’s annual research journal and Collections Online

Tuhinga 22

Last week we released the latest edition of our annual research journal, Tuhinga, through our Collections Online. While we’ve had some older editions of Tuhinga available as downloadable pdf’s for a little while now, this is the first year we’ve released Tuhinga primarily in digital form, and linked to the collections themselves. This years issue of Tuhinga is the… Read more »

Mapping our specimens

Deroceras (slugs)

We recently rolled out a new feature for those of you in interested seeing where zoological and botanical specimens in Te Papa’s collections were collected from. We’ve been mapping individual specimens for a while now, but we’ve added the ability to see where specimens from a particular family, genus or species were collected from, giving an indication… Read more »

Share and zoom; new features in Collections Online

Government Courthouse, Apia; Thomas Andrew; Te Papa

This week we’ve introduced a couple of small, but hopefully useful, features to our Collections Online pages. Sharing You may have noticed more and more sites (including this blog) have the ability share pages with your friends via your social network sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, or through other tools such as Gmail. We think this is… Read more »

Collections Online update: Mapping

Collections Online mapping

Mapping the collections This week we added a new feature to Collections Online, our first efforts to map our collection objects, specimens and other resources.  As you browse the collection, the Related Places section at the right of the page will generate a map of the places related to the collection item or resource – just click… Read more »

Collections Online update: Taxonomy browser

Aptenodytes forsteri

Since we released the new version of Collections Online  in July last year we’ve made the odd fix, or a new feature here and there. You probably don’t notice them but hopefully they’ve made your browsing experience a bit easier.  However recently we’ve done a couple of things we thought were worth pointing out. First up,… Read more »

Collections Online tour; part 4, Places and Categories

  • Tauranga
  • Tauranga
  • Tauranga
  • Tauranga

Carrying on our tour of our recent Collections Online release. Previously we’ve discussed Objects, Topics and People. Today; Categories and Places. When we document our collection objects and related knowledge we use controlled vocabulary to describe the type of objects, the subjects and concepts related, the materials they are made of and the techniques used. We… Read more »

Collections Online tour; part 3, People and Organisations

Rembrandt van Rijn

OK so far on our tour of Collections Online we’ve covered Objects and Topics.  These wouldn’t exist without people.  People and organisations Artists and makers, collectors, historical figures; basically people and organisations that are related to the objects or topics in the collection. Take a look at the record for Leslie Adkin;    Or maybe you’re interested in… Read more »

Collections Online tour; part 2, Topics

WWI topic

Continuing our tour of the new version of  Collections Online, today we look at topics.  As well as making our collections accessible online, we’re also trying to make more of our knowledge and research available. One way we are doing that is through topics. Topics Topics range from simple groupings of content we want to highlight,… Read more »