Digital strategies and new archives: developing digital archival access at the National Maritime Museum (Part 2)

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Presentation by Fiona Romeo, National Maritime Museum. Given at the London Museum Librarians and Archivists Group conference "Not Museum Pieces" 10 September 2009.

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<ul><li> 1. Scale and prioritisation (photo by Flickr memberDominique Pipet)</li></ul> <p> 2. Layered access model (photo by Flickr memberRghrous) 3. Resource discovery layer 4. Digital surrogacy 5. Context and interpretation 6. Context and interpretation Ref Proposed criteria Methodology for assessment A Social inclusion (to improve access or reach new audiences) Objects can be compared against specific areas of interest, e.g. immigration B Documented user need (e.g. frequently requested items, items nominated by users in consultation, matches top subjects searched for on the museums website) </p> <ul><li>analysis of search terms across NMM </li></ul> <ul><li>external consultation (e.g. through blogs) </li></ul> <ul><li>frequently-requested items </li></ul> <ul><li>primary sources with family-history appeal </li></ul> <p>C Reduce need for physical access to object </p> <ul><li>if on-site storage is impossible, </li></ul> <ul><li>fragility of object, </li></ul> <ul><li>concerns over security </li></ul> <p>D Wide/popular appeal for a non-specialist audience </p> <ul><li>high-profile stories (e.g. Titanic, Scott, Shackleton) </li></ul> <ul><li>human-interest stories </li></ul> <p>E Synchronisation with museum programmes (e.g. learning programmes, exhibitions, research initiatives) </p> <ul><li>comparison with exhibition masterplan </li></ul> <ul><li>comparison with curatorial research strategy </li></ul> <ul><li>comparison with learning programmes </li></ul> <p> 7. </p> <ul><li>Pilots </li></ul> <ul><li>The Commons on Flickr </li></ul> <ul><li>Data mining and information visualisation </li></ul> <ul><li>Syndication on Europeana </li></ul> <p> 8. 1. The Commons on Flickr 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 2. Data mining and visualisation 15. 16. 3. Syndication to Europeana 17. </p> <ul><li>Strategies </li></ul> <ul><li>Invite the public to contribute their knowledge to our collections </li></ul> <ul><li>Use automated textual analysis, where practical </li></ul> <ul><li>Link 3D and 2D collections via subjects, people, vessels, place and date,e.g. interpreting crew lists through the relevant ship plans, charts, and historic photographs </li></ul> <ul><li>Embrace different levels of interpretation from stub catalogue entries, to full entries, digital surrogates, and narratives </li></ul> <ul><li>Develop an open license for all NMM content, and syndicate widely </li></ul> <p> 18. Case study: warship histories</p>

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