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Parties vs Narratives for social history bios

Parties vs Narratives for social history bios

Was wondering if anyone has an opinion on the preferred module for managing web delivered social history bios. Another related question: does the parties module have a field or tab that allows you to paste in a lengthy bio - or is this kind of content best entered as a narrative?

Thanks in advance.

Gavin
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Old Government House / William Robinson Gallery
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

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Re: Parties vs Narratives for social history bios

Hello Gavin -
On your related question - you can use the multimedia module to paste in any form of extended information. Or if the source is limited, use the Notes tab.

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Here at NMAI, we customized a second "Biography" tab in the Parties module that includes a long memo field called "Artist's Biography." We will probably be changing the name of this to just "Biography" since we use it for all lengthy bios. We also added a "References" tab that links to the Bibliography module so that we can easily cite this information.

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Re: Parties vs Narratives for social history bios

Hi Gavin

at Te Papa we use Party record for simply recording birth and death, nationality, ethnicity (the cold hard facts I guess); and Narratives formore descriptive or story based text.This gives the abilty to have more than one biography/story about a person, and also have biographies/stories that relate to more than one person.

Here is an example of narratives and parties on our Collections Online, for Captain James Cook. The following link is to the party record, from which you can link off to the narratives (Related Topics) http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/party.aspx?irn=10800

We are also looking at how we can best use external biographies (eg entries in the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Dictionary of New Zealand Biography http://www.dnzb.govt.nz/dnzb/ or the Getty's ULAN) rather than duplicating effort and information.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Re: Parties vs Narratives for social history bios

Thank you to everyone who posted a reply to my question. Of particular interest is the solution Te Papa have chosen (thanks Adrian!). It seems that narratives provide the most flexibility when it comes to publishing this type of content on the web. I'm thinking that creating a separate department for 'Historical Bios' that can be searched separately from the other narratives and displayed accordingly may be the best work around for the task at hand.

Cheers

Gavin Thiesfield
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Old Government House / William Robinson Gallery
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

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