Wednesday 27th November, 2013
2:30pm to 2:55pm
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s websites are some of the biggest users of collection items in the country. Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, and NZ History use about 30,000 pictures and other media, with the vast majority drawn from New Zealand’s major culture and heritage collecting institutions.
While we provide context for collection items and suggest further reading for our users, we don’t provide links for people to find items on the institutions’ websites and explore similar items. That’s starting to change with a simple project between Te Ara and Te Papa’s Collections Online. It’s only a pilot at this stage, and in truth it’s a pilot of a very simple idea – hyperlinks on the web – but it points to deeper connections across collections. We’ll start with item-to-item linking but from that we hope to explore subject-to-subject linking, collaborative cataloguing, and how direct links can create a richer ecosystem for users and developers. In this presentation Matthew will talk about the project and where it might head
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