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Uses for Narratives

Uses for Narratives

Hello,

I’m curious to know how other institutions are using the Narrative Module. Currently the Canadian War Museum uses the module for Exhibition text/Publication text of artifact labels, and also curatorial notes/text on an artifact or an individual. If your institution is currently using the module for something other than the above, I would be interested in hearing about it.

Thanks,
April Tessier
Cataloguer & Systems Application Administrator/Catalogueur et administratrice d’applications de système
Canadian War Museum/Musée canadien de la guerre
mailto:april.tessier@warmuseum.ca
http://collections.civilization.ca/
819-776-8669

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Re: Uses for Narratives

Hi April

A number of institutions have used Narratives as a way to structure and develop web content. There are a number of presentations on the Conferences pages which discuss this.

Forbes
Museum Victoria

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Re: Uses for Narratives

Hi April,

We're using Narratives as you are but also for other contextual information, including non-Museum generated. We have a range of Narratives created by staff which adds context to the Catalogue records and others which have been created by Museum Studies students giving their interpretation of aspects of the collections.

We are also using Narrative development in a series of outreach projects enabling individuals and community groups to add their own interpretation. These have produced text, images and streaming video. All of these are delivered over the web
(http://emu.man.ac.uk/mmcustom/narratives/index.php) - there
are development issues for the website which are being addressed!

Best wishes,

Malcolm

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Re: Uses for Narratives

As well as using narratives for publishing exhibitions (text panels, labels etc), we also use narratives for the following:

1. Press releases

2. Collection themes

3. History and development of the Gallery

4. Technical terms
Items 2-4 viewable via this area of the Gallery's website
http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/c … ns/browse/

5. Biographies of artists, designers makers; organisation histories of manufacturers
accessible from party display, eg select Thomas Girtin from this page
http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/c … Fsearch%2F

6. Also, notes on editing KE EMu records. This is a recent use which allows us to log queries and editing that needs doing. It is particularly useful as such narratives appear in the catalogue record (or other records) and act as a reminder.

Julian Tomlin
The Whitworth Art Gallery
The University of Manchester

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Re: Uses for Narratives

As well as using narratives for publishing exhibitions (text panels, labels etc), we also use narratives for the following:

1. Press releases

2. Collection themes

3. History and development of the Gallery

4. Technical terms
Items 2-4 viewable via this area of the Gallery's website
http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/c … ns/browse/

5. Biographies of artists, designers makers; organisation histories of manufacturers
accessible from party display, eg select Thomas Girtin from this page
http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/c … Fsearch%2F

6. Also, notes on editing KE EMu records. This is a recent use which allows us to log queries and editing that needs doing. It is particularly useful as such narratives appear in the catalogue record (or other records) and act as a reminder.

Julian Tomlin
The Whitworth Art Gallery
The University of Manchester

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Re: Uses for Narratives

Julian,

I'm particularly interested in this 'novel' use of narratives to log data editing requirements. This could really help us out.
In completing a narrative record, am I right in thinking that you make use of the task functionality to document who reported the error, who's role it is to correct it, when was it completed etc? It seems to me that this would be a particularly useful function due to the one-many relationship. Achieving the same outcome could be done within the Catalogue/Sites/Parties (whatever) itself, but would require the tasks to be created by ditto or replace functionality.
How many of the other fields would you recommend using?

cheers

Dave

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Natural History Museum, London

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