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NDF 2010 Conference
Linking data, linking people

Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 October 2010 
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Wellington
Early Bird Registration Closes Friday 3 September

This year's National Digital Forum is being held a month earlier than previous years. Typically held in November, the 2010 Conference is being held mid October. That's less than 8 weeks away, so don't let time slip away from you. Register today.

Register before Friday 3 September and you'll receive the discounted early bird registration rate.

Register for NDF2010 here https://www.etouches.com/NDF2010

Reasons Why You Should Attend
- It is the premier digitisation networking event in NZ providing over 6 hours of networking opportunities with your peers.
- Professional development: the programme offers an exciting mix of international keynote speakers, demos, forums and lightning sessions!
- Value for money, 85% of 2009 delegates rated the conference as value for money or very good value.
- Education: an opportunity to learn from others, including leaders in the field in your sector and other sectors, as well as those starting out.
- A chance to have your say!

Here's What Attendees Said About the 2009 Conference
- Great speakers, great energy, wonderful to get GLAM people together (it doesn't happen enough in NZ)
- Thank you - this was excellent in terms of content and programme - it was really stimulating, practical and positive
- Very enjoyable and I always come away feeling that I have learnt a lot and also that other people are experiencing the same challenges
- I find attending the conference is of great value as it is one of the few opportunities to bring so many different parts of the industry together in one place

- An excellent conference and an amazing turn-out of people, given the recession. There's been lots of buzz about it in my workplace and it's given us plenty of new ideas to work on

Conference Programme
The draft programme is available online at http://ndf.natlib.govt.nz/about/programme.htm

Keynote Speakers
http://ndf.natlib.govt.nz/about/speakers.htm

Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Smithsonian Institution, USA
Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums.

Dan Hill, Designer and Urbanist, Arup, Australia
Dan Hill is responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products and services. Dan is exploring the possibilities of urban informatics from a creative, design-led perspective, assessing how real-time information changes the urban experience.

Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust, UK
Nick Poole is CEO of the Collections Trust, the UK organisation which campaigns for the public right to access and engage with Collections. Nick advises governments, funders and cultural agencies throughout the world on issues relating to the new Digital Economy, including standards, IPR, social media and emerging business models.

Enquiries or Further Information
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:
Paardekooper and Associates
Conference organisers of NDF 2010
P: +64 4 562 8259
F: +64 4 562 8269
E: ndf@paardekooper.co.nz
W: http://ndf.natlib.govt.nz/about/2010-conference.htm

Earlier this year we implemented the hierarchical version of the EMu Taxonomy module. This involved replacing our existing Taxonomy module with the new version, KE writing a script to create the new hierarchical relationships between taxonomic ranks, and us doing a significant amount of data cleanup.

A screenshot of the hierarchy tab of the new module is attached.

By implementing the Taxonomy module in this way, we have been able to build a browseable taxonomic hierarchy in our online collection. A couple of examples below:

Polyplacophora http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=47283

Lichens: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=57371

Having an EMu record and Collections Online 'page' for each rank of the hieracy means we can also attach narratives to Taxonomy records at the appropriate rank - see the "Little Blue Penguin" Topic link from this Taxon page:

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=6463

In the next couple of months we are going to be implementing mapping functionality in Collections Online, and having a page for each taxonomic rank will allow us to dynamically map all specimens that sit beneath that rank within that page.

Would be interested in hearing the experiences of any others who have implemented the hierarchical taxonomy module.

Cheers

Philip Edgar


Collection Information Services Manager
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
64 4 381 7353
philipe@tepapa.govt.nz


Attachment: screenshot of allodiscus hierarchy.doc

Earlier this year we implemented the hierarchical version of the EMu Taxonomy module. This involved replacing our existing Taxonomy module with the new version, KE writing a script to create the new hierarchical relationships between taxonomic ranks, and us doing a significant amount of data cleanup.

A screenshot of the hierarchy tab of the new module is attached.

By implementing the Taxonomy module in this way, we have been able to build a browseable taxonomic hierarchy in our online collection. A couple of examples below:

Polyplacophora http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=47283

Lichens: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=57371

Having an EMu record and Collections Online 'page' for each rank of the hieracy means we can also attach narratives to Taxonomy records at the appropriate rank - see the "Little Blue Penguin" Topic link from this Taxon page:

http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Taxon.aspx?irn=6463

In the next couple of months we are going to be implementing mapping functionality in Collections Online, and having a page for each taxonomic rank will allow us to dynamically map all specimens that sit beneath that rank within that page.

Would be interested in hearing the experiences of any others who have implemented the hierarchical taxonomy module.

Cheers

Philip Edgar


Collection Information Services Manager
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
64 4 381 7353
philipe@tepapa.govt.nz


Attachment: screenshot of allodiscus hierarchy.doc

Hi Dave

Thanks very much for the feedback and glad you like the approach weve taken - which Im hoping is just the beginning...

Ive tried to address your questions in the attached document - hope my response makes sense and happy to clarify anything.

The key to our approcah, which may not be evident from the surface in Collections Online, is that we have heavily customised the EMu Thesaurus Module so that it works in the same way as other EMu modules i.e by turning it into an attachment module with irns. Currently, the standard EMu Thesaurus Module retains no links between records e.g between a record in the catalogue and a record in the Thesaurus module. Changing the Thesaurus module to be an attachment module allows us to use the thesaurus terms as information resources in their own right, as pivot points to browse to related content....and of course utilise the hierarchical nature of the term relationships.

KE might like to comment on whether they plan on offering this variant of the module to other clients, but of course there are a number of issues to consider if you wanted to go down that path (e.g. existing data etc)

Cheers
Phil

Philip Edgar
Manager Collection Information Services
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Attachment: TEPAPA_n302896_v1_Response_to_Natural_History_Muse

Hi Karen and Dave

Down here at Te Papa, we have recently launched our new Collections Online site which utilises narratives alongside the catalogue, Parties, Multimedia and the Thesaurus.

Try the World War I example at: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/theme.aspx?irn=647

We also build exhibition "mini-sites" using narratives: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/exhib … RitaAngus/

We are going to be blogging about some of the developments to our Collections Online site over the next few weeks at: http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/category/collections-online/ ...if anyone is interested.

Cheers

Phil

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

John

Although there are some features of the proposed alternative taxonomy module that really excite us, such as the hierarchy tab, in general the current taxonomy module meets our needs and the costs of shifting to the alternative taxonomy module would outweigh the benefits for us. Given our other development priorities, we do not intend to adopt the alternative taxonomy module in the near future.

Kind regards
Philip

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Hi Karen

At Te Papa, we pull through the "Publish to Internet" and "Publish to Intranet" fields from the Multimedia module to the Catalogue. Of course you still have to click on each one to see if it is published, but at least you dont have to branch to the Multimedia module to see these details.

Kind regards

Philip Edgar
Manager, Collections Information Dept
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
https://emu.axiell.com/images/agorapro/attachments/62/multimedia.jpg

11-Nov-05 11:00:00
Category: Using EMu

Hi Beth
Thanks - I have now used this formula in a number of reports - for use with Natural History records where there is more than one collector and for Cultural History records where there is more than one maker. As you point out, there is a fair bit of trial and error to get the formatting right, but the formula does what is required. Your instructions were very clear and helpful.
Thanks again

Philip
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

04-Nov-05 11:00:00
Category: Using EMu

Hi Beth,
I have found your formula most useful and it will solve a number of problems weve been having here. I was wondering what Crystal to Excel export type you use for your reports that utilise this formula?
Thanks again

Philip
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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