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This is a presentation I gave to staff at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney a year or so after starting there. It was based on trying to change the way content was created for specific projects and look instead at the workflows which encouraged developing accessible content in economical, and efficient ways. Some of these happened some are still waiting - but I think there are good ideas embedded in here that are worth sharing


  • 1. Narratives Online database leads to possibility of harvesting narratives to OPAC. Web Development wants more links to individual pages increase ranking and stats Registration asked to open module take control of implementing the project. However the essential ingredient is still missing content Kimberley works with CHDC content and this leads to curatorial re-appraising not only delivery but creation of content. Curatorial in the pilots seat demand for content increases, how to do it efficiently using current resources?

2. Narratives Curatorial is perfectly placed to use narratives to illustrate the importance of content creation in running all areas of museum business. However not alone other content creators education, web services, d-hub, image resources all of whom have interest in narratives However I would argue that of all of these curatorial is best placed to set up systems for creation of content and for ensuring that content finds its way into KEMu and is edited. 3. Content using exhibition models Production Line Adversarial, competing for limited delivery points. Creation sectioned curatorially. Workflow heavily divided, points of delivery heavily demarcated Focus on end product the physical exhibition Production values high end labour intensive On-line content focussed on exhibition webs Research not published no provision for footnotes etc No legacy provisions for content harvesting Importance of scholarship to museum and curatorial work. Preservation without scholarship is nostalgia: Lonnie Bunch Smithsonian. How much scholarship attached to Collection objects? 4. Content new curatorial model Not narrative content, web content, exhibition content it is all museum content and can be redirected to different outcomes Collegial project groups, Focus on delivery strategies Production values grassroots, open delivery Content integrated into KEMu and online delivery Research publication encouraged on-line Dovetail with other delivery areas Projects subject as well as object driven Rapid response to issues 5. Narrative model suggested by Image Services and Registration The 1874 Transit of VenusKEMu Object Record Janssen apparatusSchroeder & Sons Optical Instrument makersKEMu Object Record Schroeder micrometerZeiss Glass CompanyKEMu Object Record Troughton telescope.Sydney Observatory 1858-1926KEMu Object Record Schroeder telescope. 6. Narrative model suggested by Curatorial Architecture in C19th SydneySydney Observatory 1858-1926Optical Glass manufactureParramatta ObservatoryThe 1874 Transit of Venus Facsimile pdf of the original 1892 publicationSchroeder telescopeSydney Observatory telescopes booklet pdfOptical Glass manufactureSchroeder & Sons Optical Instrument makers Zeiss Glass CompanyPhotographic cameras 7. Multiple Outcomes. Significance, history notes, production etc compromised by opening up of KEMu fields in OPAC Significance statements, history and production notes rather than end results instead become our initial building blocks. 8. Working from a fully referenced and footnoted word document Combination of text and images in a variety of ways Grassroots 9. This kind of publication also provides a printer friendly version not currently available via either OPAC or the website. It also eliminates much of the repetition which occurs in KEMu records. Constructing narratives from the bottom up provides an alternative avenue for the use of content uncovered as a part of the research process. This would allow research publications, FACs sheets, facsimiles of letters books etc., images publications be built in as a part of the process. 10. Static web pages on PHM Web SiteSearch option only on Hedda Morrison PagesLinks to individual pages originally set up as narratives 11. Dynamic content currently running on OPACScalable image of object.Links to other object listed with the same subject in KEMuLinks to objects in same catagory 12. Sydney Observatory dynamic web pages on PHM web siteScalable image from out of copyright publication. Not an object imagePdf publicationList of linked themes. Changes as added to by variety of content creators in the museumBroad Narrative theme or story. 13. Themed solution for dynamic web content creation for OPAC Insertion of narrative themes at the object level addresses some these issues. Dynamic links to a variety of media. Links created between a variety of content creators. Non hierarchical, quick and efficient 14. Significance and object statements reformatted to make extended publicationDigital camera used to take photo from out of copyright book. 15. Themes currently running on OPACCopyright cleared images for non collection sourcesLinks to themes not necessarily lined to objectsLinks to objects with good associated data, sig, history photos etc 16. Heterarchical narratives ensure a large part of the content resides within KEMu and OPAC and is not a separate resource such as the search specific Hedda Morrison pages. Modular nature of heterarchical narratives allows curators to use already created narratives when linking objects. Templates for creating narratives allow curators to control content delivery and schedule and update content as research completed. It is not reliant on physical exhibition development. 17. Creating a narrative Hierarchical Hedda Master and sub narratives Heterarchical TAM Collection Narratives GB Materials Comb Manufacture Materials Combs 18. Creating a narrative Step One Go to file new Enter details: date, purpose, name and into the narrative tab add text and f needed images Under objects tab create a list of objects you want to link to the narrative and save or if there are no objects save the narrative with the appropriate name. 19. Creating a narrative Step Two Link the narrative to associated narratives through the hierarchy tab and create new link to the appropriately named narrative. Repeat as necessary 20. Exhibition Models Virtual Museum : to implement Team module; Tam non departmental, good track record of outcomes Grassroots; staff trained in broad range of area, writing, editing for publication online, video, interviewing, Photoshop Linked to collection strengths; project based modular outcomes Editorial; (preferred from within team to aid the delivery process) peer review essential to whole process and establishing standards Powerhouse branded research publications; provide outlet for research, opportunity to offer scholarships for content writers, Issn to ensure lodged with national libraries, Powerhouse keeps control of information written by staff, built into workflow of virtual museum, basis for exhibition and briefs, footnoted documents can enable reference from future enquiries, basis for FAQ sheets, Tours etc Delivery of multiple modules; POD, VOD, publication, You Tube, narratives, online publications, facsimiles, catalogues, Flicker, Picture Australia Delivery costs; minimised Legacy issues and succession planning built into harvesting of data already produced by Powerhouse 21. Exhibition Models Virtual Museum : Questions Model should start with curatorial as creators of content modules this then worked on with designers, education, exhibitions A/V etc Current TAM model of work favour object focus is Objects need preservation and registration first then content and significance last in the food chain. Reality many objects have been sitting in collections and will continue to be ok if stored as currently. however if photos and content created about them this could make them accessible to public. Lower costs associated with this than with storage & preservation. Very few likely to get to exhibition, large part of collection not focussed on Team access to hardware and software already started to be addressed within TAM as part of training and developing CHDC and other TAM projects. Photography essential to the process 22. Themes currently running on OPACCopyright cleared images for non collection sourcesLinks to themes not necessarily lined to objectsLinks to objects with good associated data, sig, history photos etc 23. Theme titleObjects grouped under this theme which link to their individual records and significance statements 24. Problems with exhibition focus on web content creation Mainly limited to curatorial defined themes often relating to developed exhibitions. Content needs to be developed in conjunction with specialists, IT, web developers etc. Unique linking structure. Resource hungry. Navigation and experience controlled by content developer not the user. Legacy issues not addressed as not embedded in KEMu 25. Problems with dynamic web content creation for OPAC Searches based on subject searches through external engines such as Google which leads users to individual objects in OPAC, not stories. Currently links from these objects to other objects in the collection are based on KEMu category fields and user tags. Currently the information associated with these links is uncontrolled and quality of documentation such as significance statements and photographs varies considerably. No provision for printing material on collections of objects 26. Themed NarrativesKEMu Object Record Schroeder telescope. 27. Themed Narratives Sydney Observatory 1858-1926Schroeder telescope 28. Themed Narratives Sydney Observatory 1858-1926Sydney Observatory telescopes booklet pdfSchroeder telescope 29. Themed Narratives Sydney Observatory 1858-1926Sydney Observatory telescopes booklet pdfSchroeder telescopeOptical Glass manufactureSchroeder & Sons Optical Instrument makers 30. Themed Narratives Architecture in C19th SydneySydney Observatory 1858-1926Optical Glass manufactureParramatta ObservatoryThe 1874 Transit of Venus Facsimile pdf of the original 1892 publicationSchroeder telescopeSydney Observatory telescopes booklet