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KE Software (an Axiell Group Company) is pleased to welcome The Alexander Turnbull Library to the EMu community.

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the National Library and holds in-depth collections of documentary material on New Zealand and Pacific society and culture, from early exploration to the present day. The collections support personal and scholarly research and include primary as well as secondary sources.

The Library is a trusted repository responsible for collecting, preserving and making available information about New Zealand and the Pacific in a variety of formats, including print, electronic, sound, images and manuscripts. Its collections are important and relevant to all New Zealanders, and include an incredible range of unique material (including the largest art collection in New Zealand). Increasingly, collections and finding aids are being developed and made available through digital channels, improving access and re-use in New Zealand and internationally.

KE Software (an Axiell Group Company) and Birmingham Museums Trust at Thinktank are pleased to invite you to the 11th Annual European EMu User Conference to be held in Birmingham from 23-24 April 2015.

Details will be posted in coming weeks on the EMu website and here in the EMuUsers forum.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a presentation or chair a discussion group, please contact Christelle Hyppolite.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The Sydney University Pathology Museum to the EMu community. The Pathology Museum (The Interactive Centre for Human Diseases) houses approximately 1600 pathological specimens on permanent display and has purchased EMu to house its extensive catalogue of teaching specimens. The Centre's primary function lies in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.   

In addition to biological specimens, the Centre has a display of laboratory instruments and equipment of historical interest, but perhaps the most prized exhibit on display is a flask of broth prepared by Louis Pasteur for the culture of bacteria.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The City of Edinburgh Council Museums and Galleries to the EMu community.

The Service holds, cares for and develops rich and varied collections relating to the historical and cultural life of Scotland’s Capital. Comprising thirteen varied and fascinating venues, the service also looks after some 200 historic monuments and attractions throughout Edinburgh:

  • City Art Centre

  • Museum of Childhood

  • Museum of Edinburgh

  • The People's Story Museum

  • The Writers' Museum

  • Lauriston Castle

  • Queensferry Museum

  • Museums Collection Centre

  • Travelling Gallery

  • Scott Monument

  • Nelson Monument (plus other monuments)

  • The Old City Observatory

  • Trinity Apse

Selection of a new collection management system was a thorough process and included site visits, supplier demos and an online survey across 55 institutions from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Kuwait and Qatar. The move to EMu is one of the service’s core strategic priorities for 2014 and is written into the Museums and Galleries forward plan.

10-Jun-14 14:23:44
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

OpenCulture is the “Community Meeting for Collections Professionals”. Presented annually by the Collections Trust, it provides a unique forum for all those involved in museums and managing collections to discuss and debate critical issues with expert speakers, enhance their Continuing Professional Development (CPD), meet specialist suppliers of technology, products and services, and network with colleagues.

KE Software will be attending OpenCulture 2014, which is taking place at The Kia Oval, London, this 25-26 June.  If you're attending, why not pop by and have a chat? You'll find us on Stands 13-14.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

KE Software is pleased to welcome Scarborough Museums Trust to the EMu community.

Scarborough Museums Trust manages two sites with collections which include art, archaeology, natural history and social history. The collections have national and international significance and it is the Trust’s mission to look after and share Scarborough’s heritage, collections and stories with people in the present and for the future:

  • Rotunda Museum
    The Rotunda Museum is one of the finest examples of an early purpose built museum. Its elegant tiers of mahogany display cases form perhaps the finest small museum interior in the country. Amongst the Museum’s more than 5,500 fossils and 3,000 minerals are numerous type specimens, and one of the finest collections of Middle Jurassic fossil plants in the country.

  • Scarborough Art Gallery
    The Gallery’s collections, housed in an Italianate villa in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens, reflect the eclectic mix of the community and the cultural heritage of Scarborough. Included are artefacts from the Star Carr excavations, one of the earliest known sites of human habitation.

02-May-14 07:42:32
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The Museums & Heritage Show is the UK's largest free to attend annual trade exhibition for museums, galleries, cultural and heritage visitor attractions. It brings together all of the latest technologies, services and thinking for professionals working in museums, galleries, heritage and cultural visitor attractions.

KE Software will be attending the M+H Show, which is taking place in Olympia West, London, this 14-15 May.  If you're attending, why not pop by and have a chat? You'll find us at Stand W1.

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

Axiell Group AB – the Swedish developer and supplier of systems and services for libraries, museums, archives and schools – has acquired the Australian company KE Software, making Axiell the leading IT supplier of software and services within museums and archives sector. This acquisition is set to create fresh opportunities in Australia, the Middle East and North America.

“Given KE Software's position in the international arena, including the three largest museums in the world on their client roster, we couldn’t have wished for a better partner. We have an exciting journey ahead of us, including further development of the portfolio of systems, services and concepts – not least for museums and archives,” says Axiell Group CEO Joel Sommerfeldt.

Read the full press release here.

26-Mar-14 08:40:19
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

Courtesy of the Collections Trust newsletter (Collections Link): KE Software has become the latest member of the SPECTRUM DAM Partner Scheme – the scheme that supports SPECTRUM DAM: the best practice guide to integrating digital asset management into existing Collections Management practice.

KE Software is a leading provider of museum management software. Its EMu package incorporates a full digital asset management system to store and manage all multimedia and electronic resources. EMu is used by some of the largest museums in the world, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, St Andrews University Library, Bristol Museums, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Find out more about the SPECTRUM DAM Partner Scheme.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The University of Adelaide's Art and Heritage Collections to the EMu community.

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest university in Australia.

The University's Art & Heritage Collections are entrusted with the preservation and promotion of the art and cultural heritage of the University through collections, projects and activities to interpret its academic disciplines to the broader community. The collections enhance the University environment, support its teaching and research programs and provide a resource for students, staff and the community. The University aspires to promote public and digital access to the collections and encourages community outreach and interaction.

13-Feb-14 09:20:18
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome the British Golf Museum to the community of EMu Users.

The British Golf Museum is a 5 star museum, situated at the heart of the home of golf in St Andrews. The collection tells the fascinating story of British golf, with over five hundred years of golfing history brought to life through imaginative exhibitions and stunning multimedia. One of the most comprehensive golf collections in Britain, and one of the finest worldwide, the British Golf Museum celebrates golf from grass roots to international level.

The British Golf Museum is the world’s premier heritage centre for golf and a Recognised Collection of National Significance.

KE Software is pleased to welcome Elmbridge Borough Council to the community of EMu Users. Elmbridge, which is a local government district in Surrey, South East England, incorporates 17 distinctive towns and villages, including Esher, Walton on Thames, Cobham, Thames Ditton and Weybridge.

The Council has adopted EMu for the management of the Elmbridge Museum collections. Comprising more than 40,000 items, the Museum documents the Borough’s rich history from the present day back to Saxon settlement in the Sixth Century and beyond. With EMu the Museum will publish its collections online, allowing better access to the data for both museum staff and the public.

KE Software is pleased to welcome the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to the community of EMu Users.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a place of adventure, discovery and education that welcomes everyone to enjoy the wonders of its collections and exhibitions. Founded in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, the museum has maintained an international reputation for research and discovery that create a better understanding of the history of the earth and its inhabitants. Today, the museum is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the US and features 20 exhibition halls, including the blockbuster Dinosaurs in Their Time.
The museum's active curatorial departments include Anthropology, Birds, Botany, Herpetology, Invertebrate Palaeontology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammals, Minerals, Mollusks and Vertebrate Palaeontology. The departments of Anthropology and Mollusks will be making the move to EMu in 2014, with the other departments expected to follow.

15-Nov-13 11:21:34
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

EMu version 4.2 is now available. Alongside fixes and improvements, the major enhancement is a more flexible mechanism for displaying and editing data in multi-lingual versions of EMu. Key improvements include the option to select which language to display, and to edit data in that language only; and the ability to select the order in which languages are displayed if displaying more than one language.

Other improvements introduced with the EMu 4.2 release include: the addition of a pop-up calendar for date fields; the display of Summary Data for Static groups; addition of a Clear Group Box command in the Edit menu allowing all the controls in a Group box to be cleared; support for scanning of multi-page documents; and the ability to scan documents from any module that allows multimedia to be displayed.

Registered users can access full details from the EMu site.

KE Software is pleased to welcome the museums in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan to the community of EMu users.

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts has launched a renewed effort to focus on providing consistent stewardship of Museum resources, assuring that its Museums are in compliance with professional standards, embracing a framework that can be supported technically by College and University IT staff, and allowing the College to promote the depth and breadth of its collections to both internal and external audiences. KE Software is proud to be a part of this initiative.
Read on for more details.

12-Aug-13 10:10:31
Birmingham Museums Trust joins the EMu family
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Birmingham Museums Trust to the community of EMu Users.
Birmingham Museums Trust is a new charitable trust (founded in April 2012) governed by a Board of Trustees. It is the UK’s largest independent museums trust and includes Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Thinktank, the Museum Collections Centre and six historic sites (Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Soho House, Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill, Weoley Castle and Aston Hall).
The new independent organisation is focused on sustaining and developing key partnerships within the city and beyond in order to deliver high quality, audience focussed museum services, and to meet the needs of Birmingham communities as well as its wider audiences.
Read on for more details.

29-Jul-13 14:30:02
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Qantas to the community of EMu Users.
The Qantas Heritage Collection is a permanent exhibition of the rich and colourful history of Qantas. Located on the mezzanine level of Sydney Domestic Terminal (T3) near Gate 13, it features superb panoramic views of Sydney airport. The Collection includes artefacts and memorabilia drawn from thousands of items of historical significance donated by passengers and airline staff.
Exhibits include:

Finely crafted models titled 'Da Vinci to Sputnik' depicting significant global developments in the history of flight, including the role of pioneer Australian inventor, Lawrence Hargrave.
Photographic overview of Qantas highlights of each decade since 1920, depicted on a series of colourful hanging banners.
Nostalgic look at Qantas uniforms over the years.
Timetables, tickets, menus, advertising posters, photographs of celebrity passengers and various other archival treasures.
Assortment of historical objects, including navigational equipment, early model aircraft and assorted memorabilia.
Engines used on Qantas aircraft in outback Australia in the 1920s.
Wicker chairs used by passengers on early flights.

KE Software is pleased to welcome Bathurst Regional Council to the community of EMu Users.

The Bathurst region in the central west of NSW has its administrative centre in the City of Bathurst, some 200 kilometres west of Sydney. The Bathurst Regional Council manages four collections of regional, national and international significance:

Chifley Home - a monument to Ben Chifley, known as the man of the people. The house, on Busby Street, reveals the domestic life of a person who rose from humble beginnings as an engine driver on the NSW railways to Australia's most important political office in 1945. The house remained Ben's quiet retreat during his years in parliament. Today the five roomed house contains the original furnishings and many personal effects of Ben and Elizabeth Chifley as well as significant memorabilia of the Chifley era.

National Motor Racing Museum - celebrates the history, personalities and achievements of Australian Motor Sports. While Mount Panorama and the Bathurst 1000 is at the heart of the displays, the museum looks across the spectrum of Australian Motor Racing. The history of speedway, solar, drag, Rallying, open wheeler, sports car as well as touring cars is told.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum - home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection. Close to 2000 fossil and mineral specimens are displayed in two main exhibitions - the Fossil Gallery and the Minerals Gallery. The Somerville Collection is the lifetime work of Warren Somerville and features some of the finest and rarest examples of minerals and fossils in the world. Features of the fossil collection include a T.rex skeleton, Australia's largest collection of fossils in amber, fossil dinosaur eggs, some of the oldest fossils of early forms of life, and a large collection of Australia's unique opalised fossils.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery – one of the oldest regional galleries in NSW, the Gallery was established in 1959 in response to strong community support for the visual arts in Bathurst.

KE Software and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney are pleased to invite you to the 11th Annual Australasian EMu User Conference, to be held in Sydney, Australia at the Maiden Theatre from 3-4 September 2013.

Please contact Donna Fothergill ( if you have any questions or if you are interested in presenting a paper.

Further details will be posted on the Conference page of the EMu site as they come to hand.

We hope to see you in September!

Hi all,

KE Software and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library are pleased to invite you to the 8th Annual North American EMu User Conference to be held in Winterthur, Delaware from 16-17 October 2013.  The Natural History Special Interest Group will be held on October 15 2013. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Please contact me ( if you have any questions or if you are interested in presenting.

Hope to see you in October!


Registration for the 10th European EMu User Conference (25-26 April) is now open on the EMu site.

The Conference Agenda can now also be found on the Conference page.

Please note that booking for accommodation via our dedicated website closes on 12 March.

Follow this link to register for the Conference.

With two months to go until the 10th European EMu User Conference (25-26 April 2013), the Conference agenda is being finalised and will soon be available on the EMu website. If you are interested in making a presentation, there is still an opportunity to do so however; please contact Christelle Hyppolite at the KE Manchester office (phone or email) with details of your proposal.

Please note that booking for accommodation via our dedicated website closes on 12 March.

Details about the Conference can be found on the EMu website.

Founded in 1807, The Hunterian is Scotland's oldest public museum and home to one of the largest collections outside the National Museums and is the largest university museum in Scotland. The Hunterian is one of the leading university museums in the UK and its collections have been recognised as a Collection of National Significance. The collections are built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest of 1783, which included paintings, prints, manuscripts, books, coins, natural history specimens, ethnographic objects and an extensive anatomical teaching collection.

On display across four sites on campus, the collections have grown over the last 200 years and now number over 1.2 million items, including: scientific instruments used by James Watt, Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin; outstanding Roman artefacts from the Antonine Wall; major natural and life sciences holdings; ethnographic objects from Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages; art collections, including Old Masters, the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler and the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The Hunterian has been using an in-house cataloguing system for nearly twenty years and the migration to EMu is one part of a significant change in approach to the care and management of the collections and the role of the Hunterian in the wider university.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The National WWII Museum to the community of EMu Users.

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opened on June 6, 2000 as The National D-Day Museum. Founded by the late historian and author, Stephen E. Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

Designated by Congress in 2003 as the America’s National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D theater showing the award winning production, Beyond All Boundaries, featuring Tom Hanks; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the 1940s comes to life; and the American Sector and Soda Shop, Chef John Besh dining experiences where classic American food is reborn.

KE Software and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are pleased to invite you to the 10th European EMu User Conference, which will be held at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle from 25-26 April 2013. An agenda is being prepared and will be posted early next year. Accommodation can be booked already on the dedicated website set up by the Newcastle Gateshead Convention Bureau (please note that availability can only be guaranteed until 12 March 2013).

The agenda and further updates will be made available on the Conference pages of the EMu site.

KE Software is pleased to welcome the Houston Museum of Natural Science to the community of EMu Users.

Founded in 1909, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the top ten most attended museums in the US. The Museum's purpose is to "enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects", a purpose that is carried out to this day in every project, program and exhibition associated with the Museum.

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States, and one of the most attended venues in Houston, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife and much more. In addition, the Museum frequently presents travelling exhibitions on a variety of topics.

The Museum also maintains two satellite facilities: The George Observatory in Fort Bend County, which houses one of the largest telescopes in the country available for public viewing; and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, which has exhibits on dinosaurs; mineralogy; exotic, live frogs and more.

The Museum is a major science learning centre with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.

KE Software and the Qatar Museums Authority are pleased to invite you to the 1st Middle Eastern EMu User Conference, to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar on 14-15 November 2012.

A very impressive list of presenters from Qatar, Egypt, England, Scotland, France, Switzerland, USA, New Zealand and Australia will cover a wide variety of topics relating to information management in museums.

Full details about the meeting can be found here.

If you would like to register, you can do so on-line.

05-Sep-12 12:26:16
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome the Grainger Museum to the community of EMu Users.

The Grainger Museum is an autobiographical museum at the University of Melbourne. Experience the extraordinary life and interests of Percy Grainger, internationally renowned Melbourne born composer and pianist, who saw music as a universal language, in a series of themed galleries in this engaging and dynamic museum.

Officially re-opened in October 2010 after extensive renovation, the Grainger Museum is the public face of a 100,000 strong item collection which includes art works, costume and textiles, decorative arts and furniture, ethnography, musical instruments, photographs, the Grainger Museum archive and Grainger's personal archive, archives of Australian composers, Australian musical culture and a sound archive, all available for research.

KE Software is pleased to welcome Leeds University Library (Special Collections), UK, to the community of EMu Users.

Leeds University Library has rare materials of exceptional quality and subject range in its Special Collections, including almost 200,000 books and more than a million manuscripts. Five of its collections have been designated of exceptional national and international significance under the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council scheme. The University Art Collection is part of Special Collections, and includes works that reflect the University's history and support its scholarly activities. The collection's paintings, miniatures, sculptures and other works are exhibited in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery on campus.

Please note that the URL for the Royal Australian Mint Museum was incorrect in the email announcement sent when this item was posted. The link has been updated.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The Royal Australian Mint Museum to the community of EMu Users.

The Royal Australian Mint is a prescribed agency within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of Australia's circulating coinage.

His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, opened the Royal Australian Mint on 22 February 1965. The first task of the Mint was to produce new coins for the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Since then it has produced more than thirteen billion circulating coins. It now has capacity to produce two million coins per day.

The demand for proof and uncirculated versions of those original decimal coins has been followed by expansion of the Mint's collector coins into a high quality, innovative business. The Royal Australian Mint became the first Mint in the World to achieve accreditation to International Quality Standards ISO 9002. That emphasis on quality systems, innovative technology and research and development is continuing today.

As well as the Mint's functions to produce Australia's coinage, it produces coins for other countries, along with medals, medallions, tokens and seals for private clients, both national and international.

KE Software is pleased to welcome Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, Australia to the community of EMu Users.

Located on the shores of Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, the leafy grounds of the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery include the award-winning gallery with state-of-the-art seminar facilities, a sculpture park, mosaic pathways, and the historic Awaba House Restaurant Cafe. The gallery plays an important role in acquiring, managing, interpreting and presenting relevant works of art for both residents and visitors to the region.

Since 1980 the collection has evolved through purchase, acquisitive prizes, donations and commission. It comprises a strong core group of painting, works on paper, sculpture, and photography by established contemporary Australian artists, including many from the Hunter region. Works have also been acquired through initiatives such as the City of Lake Macquarie and Charlestown Square Art Prize (1986-1991) and the Ronaldo Cameron Collection (1991). Another source has been the Ruth Spenser Komon estate, through which the gallery received a number of exquisite works by Sir William Dobell (2002).

The collection has many other strengths, in particular the Still Waters Clear Visions Collection, some of which can be viewed in the sculpture garden or as part of  gallery-curated exhibitions throughout the annual program.

02-Jul-12 12:15:29
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Darwin Military Museum, Australia to the community of EMu Users.

The Darwin Military Museum was established as an artillery museum by the Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc (RAAA) to exhibit photographs and artefacts from Darwin's history during World War II. The Museum now has large exhibits of items from the war, including Navy, Army and Air Force items from Australian, US and other armed forces. In February 2012 the Museum opened a new twelve million dollar facility set amongst concrete gun emplacements and other fortifications on Darwin's East Point, an area that was one of the most heavily fortified parts of Australia during the war.

KE Software will be at the Trade Fair for Open Culture 2012, Collections Trust’s flagship conference. The conference is taking place from 26-27 June, at The Kia Oval, London.

This major two-day event includes:

  • A free exhibition to enable delegates to get hands on with the latest products and services

  • A cutting-edge programme focused on maintaining sustainability and encouraging creativity

  • Almost 30 expert speakers to discuss and debate with delegates

  • Specialist streamed sessions to focus attention on important topics

  • Unmatched networking opportunities throughout the day and at the Evening Reception

We hope to see you there.

26-Jun-12 09:32:59
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Artspace Mackay, Mackay, Australia to the community of EMu Users.

Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery operated by Mackay Regional Council.  The gallery was developed through the Queensland Heritage Trails Network, a $110 million partnership between Commonwealth, Queensland and local governments to celebrate the Centenary of Federation in 2001. The network developed a series of stimulating tourism pathways that traces Queensland's social, natural, built and cultural heritage.

Officially opened in February 2003, Artspace Mackay provides the community and its visitors with access to a wide range of cultural services.

KE Software is pleased to welcome University of Canberra Art Collection, Canberra, Australia to the community of EMu Users.

The role of the University of Canberra Art Collection is to encourage a general awareness and understanding of the visual arts among the University community and to engage with the broader ACT community through display and exhibition. The art collection is made up of over 600 objects across the media of painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, prints and drawing and provides insight into the collection focuses and fashions of the past forty years. From modest decorative items to monumental sculptures and large scale paintings, the art collection is truly one of the University’s treasures.

Yale's earliest museum collection, a miscellaneous assortment of natural and artificial curiosities from around the world, was begun in the eighteenth century and was typical of college collections of the time. There are now more than eleven million specimens and objects held by the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University in its curatorial divisions, less than one percent of which can be displayed to the public at any given time. Among other important historical materials, the collections include tens of thousands of types (the original specimens used when a new species of plant or animal was first described to science).

The Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure (ODAI) was created in the fall of 2008 to manage the expanding digital content held by the University. The ODAI has the mandate to make the assets of all Yale departments discoverable, both within Yale and from the outside. One of the first initiatives of ODAI was to launch a DAMs system that was used initially by the Yale Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Yale University Library system. The ODAI has also assisted in the creation of larger and more complex data sharing systems between all of Yale’s departments.

Larry Gall designed an add-on for the KE EMu OAI provider software that allowed it to deliver Darwin Core metadata from the EMu Collections Management System to ODAI. KE Software’s Jon Kelly was consulted and assisted in the creation of the Yale OAI code.

The ODAI OAI harvester was configured to accept Darwin Core data from EMu. After harvest this metadata then goes to the University portal for asset discovery, which uses a SOLR backend database with a VuFind user interface (VuFind is library portal software). Data from other participating Yale departments is also collected by the ODAI OAI harvester, integrated with SOLR and presented via VuFind. Participating departments use different standards, so a local crosswalk over the metadata standards was developed:

    Yale Peabody Museum – Darwin Core
    Yale University Library – MARC
    Yale Center for British Art – CDWALite
    Yale University Art Gallery – CDWALite

Collaboration at this level required the creation of extra committees to manage how data from different collections are related.

Not all the columns stored by SOLR are searchable yet. In addition, for the non-biological departments at the Peabody (i.e. Anthropology, Historic Scientific Instruments), the EMu OAI provider will be updated to provide metadata in a format more suited to the same content held elsewhere at Yale.

The University portal can now be used as an internal cataloguing authority for many different Yale departments, changing the way departments think of collections at Yale. They’ve moved from a “department-specific” focus to a “Yale-wide” point of view. Scholars now have a single resource for discovering Yale assets (, which also offers direct links from that portal into the local websites and authority systems, as suitable.

22-May-12 13:29:45
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The Manchester Museum is one of the UK's largest museums and its largest university museum. It works closely with other parts of the University of Manchester to deliver the university's social responsibility agenda. The collection is enormous, with around 4.25 million objects. These come from every continent of the globe and include both natural sciences and humanities collections, from Archaeology to Zoology.

An App has been developed to accompany the newly reopened Living Worlds gallery and just like the gallery, the App is about the natural world and people’s relationships with it.

The Living Worlds project (gallery and App) was designed by villa eugénie, a world-leading Brussels-based design firm, which helped to transform ideas and stories into a physical reality. The Living Worlds App shows a floor plan of the exhibition space that users can explore via virtual display cases. The mobile user sees a facsimile of each display case in the exhibition and can 'touch' the objects on their screen to discover images, facts, stories and even videos about the hundreds of museum specimens included in the exhibition.

Free wifi is available in the gallery and the content presented is delivered from Manchester Museum's live collections management system EMu.

KE Software built an IMu API (Application Programming Interface) for the App developers (Mubaloo) creating an interface between EMu and the App. IMu is KE's strategy and toolset for distributing data held in EMu via the Internet. Distribution includes the publishing of content on the web, but goes far beyond this to cover sharing of data via the Internet (Portals, online partnerships, etc.); publishing content to new mobile technologies; iPod guided tours, and more. See for more information about IMu.

The IMu API supports queries to the Narratives module in EMu where the information is stored in a hierarchy of 'cabinets' with their objects. Mubaloo developed the App for both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and it can be downloaded for free on both platforms.

We wanted Living Worlds to be a new type of natural history gallery for the 21st century, that went beyond describing and classifying the natural world to one that engages people with the wonder and mystery of nature for the benefit of their own well-being and the environment. Working with KE Software and Mubaloo using App technology meant that we could combine collections management, exhibitions and public engagement in a really neat way, delivering this vision for our visitors and for other App users.

Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology

The Living Worlds App is different to many other projects as it provides a flexible and sustainable method of managing the data. Rather than a new database and standalone system being used to manage the data, the App uses the IMu API so all dynamic data is managed and delivered directly from EMu. This data can be updated or modified by the curators without requiring extra maintenance costs or training in another system.

16-May-12 07:57:00
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is delighted to be a Platinum Partner at this year's Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections conference. With a theme of Emerging Technology and Innovation in Natural History Collections Management, the meeting is taking place from 11-16 June in New Haven, CT at Yale University.

Details about the Conference can be found on the SPNHC site, along with a registration form.

We hope to see you there.

The 9th European EMu User Conference was hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester from 26-27 April 2012. More than 50 people from across the UK, France and the Middle-East took part and presentations covered a wide range of topics, including archives management, oral history, new implementations and developments in IMu and EMu, and an update on Europeana. Presentations are now available on the EMu website.

At the close of Day Two, attendees were invited to participate in two of six behind the scenes tours, which this year were provided by MOSI, the People’s History Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and the John Rylands University Library.

Special thanks to Pauline Webb at MOSI who helped organise the conference, the People's History Museum for hosting the evening reception, all the presenters and the tour guides. Feedback from attendees confirms that all involved did a great job.

Along with the presentations, photos from the Conference can also be found on the EMu website.

14-May-12 06:30:50
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthamologists (RANZCO) to the community of EMu Users.

The Museum of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists is a unique collection of ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical instruments mostly dating from the early 20th Century. In addition, artwork, memorabilia and video interviews with ophthalmologists will be made accessible on the website, which will also feature historical articles and notable Australian ophthalmologists.

More detail about RANZCO can be found on RANZCO's website.

07-May-12 07:52:26
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Exporail, The Canadian Railway Museum, to the community of EMu Users.

Located in Saint-Constant, Québec, Exporail continues the mission of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association to preserve and enhance Canada's rich railway heritage. By developing, preserving and showcasing a collection of Canadian railway heritage objects and allowing the public to live the railway experience on its site, Exporail promotes knowledge and understanding of the important contribution to the past, present and future development of Canadian society made by Canada's railway heritage.

More detail about Exporail can be found on the Exporail website.

04-May-12 07:15:49
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

KE Software is pleased to welcome Nepean Museum to the community of EMu Users.
Located in Ontario, Canada, the mission of the Nepean Museum is to explain the history of Nepean from 1792 to the present day through the collection, research and interpretation of artefacts within Nepean's changing boundaries, as well as the provision of programs, events and exhibits. Artefacts related to Nepean, from its beginnings to the 20th century, are restored and displayed in the museum galleries and grounds.
More detail can be found on the Nepean Museum website.

KE Software is pleased to welcome The John Rylands University Library to the community of EMu Users.

Located in Deansgate, Manchester, UK, The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. The library's striking gothic building was designed by architect Basil Champneys in 1889, and after a decade of construction was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900. The Library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of the John Rylands University Library. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, JURL is one of only five National Research Libraries in the UK. With more than 4 million printed books and manuscripts, over 41,000 electronic journals and 500,000 electronic books, as well as several hundred databases, the JRUL is one of the country's best-resourced academic libraries.

More details can be found on the JRUL website.

01-May-12 12:02:11
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

After a hiatus in 2011 to allow for the 1st Global EMu User Conference, 2012 sees the return of EMu's regional User Conferences.

The first for the year, the 9th European EMu User Conference, was held from 26-27 April at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, and was well attended by more than 50 delegates. A summary, presentations and photos will be posted soon.

The 10th Australasian EMu User Conference will be hosted by Museum Victoria at Melbourne Museum from 11-12 September. As always, this will be a great opportunity to meet and greet other EMu users and to learn about developments throughout the region. The theme of the conference has yet to be finalised and now is an opportunity to make suggestions by emailing Conference Organiser Nick Margiolakis. Contact Nick if you would also be interested in showcasing the work of your institution, department, campus or a specific project. More details about the Conference will be posted here soon.

The 7th North American EMu User Conference is scheduled for 17-18 October and will be hosted by Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Natural History Special Interest Group will take place on 16 October. You can find more details here and can also register online.

An inaugural Middle Eastern EMu User Conference is being planned for 2012. Dates haven't yet been finalised but details will be posted as they are finalised.

16-Nov-11 14:44:05
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The third and final edition of the EMu Newsletter for 2011 is now available and can be found on the EMu website.
In this issue you'll find a report on the successful 1st Global EMu User Group Meeting held in London in October, as well as announcements about new members of the EMu family, another update about functionality on the way with EMu 4.0.04, profiles of EMu users and an IMu project, and in Did You Know you'll find information about useful enhancements to existing Registry entries.

12-Jul-11 11:53:08
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The second issue of the EMu Newsletter for 2011 is now available and can be found on the EMu website.
In this issue you'll find an update about the Global EMu User Group Meeting, announcements about new members of the EMu family, news about functionality on the way with EMu 4.0.04, and profiles of two EMu users. You will also find information about EMu's integrated pest management (Did You Know) and a tip about how to paste a list of values into a table (Tips and Tricks).

06-Apr-11 07:54:09
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The first issue of the EMu Newsletter for 2011 is now available and can be found on the EMu website.
In this issue you'll find details about the Global EMu User Group Meeting, an update about the imminent release of EMu 4.0.03 (packed with new features and improvements) and profiles of two EMu clients - The Museum of Writing in London and The Arts Centre in Melbourne. You will also find information about EMu's new multi-group support and making all or part of the EMu system read-only.

03-Nov-10 11:40:01
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The third and final issue of the EMu Newsletter for 2010 is now available and can be found on the EMu website.

In this issue we report on the 6th North American User Group Meeting held in Pensacola, Florida, and look forward to next year's inaugural Global EMu User Group Meeting to be held in London in October; the KE Manchester Office reports on its 10th birthday celebrations; we welcome new members of the EMu community and take a closer look at two of our clients, Artbank and Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums; we also learn about a major multimedia project at Manchester City Galleries to accession and document 12,000 Victorian portrait photographs. We take a look at new Multimedia functionality for editing and updating multimedia resources within EMu, and we look at the new ArcExplorer report which takes EMu records with location (latitude / longitude) information and displays them on maps in the third party application, ArcExplorer.

10-Aug-10 10:18:32
Category: Announcements
Forum: EMu News

The second issue of the EMu Newsletter for 2010 is now available and can be found on the EMu website.

In this issue you will find reports on our recent User Group Meetings in Australasia and Europe, a list of conferences and trade shows that we'll be attending this year, details about EMu release 4.0.02, news about the new EMuUsers Forum, several profiles of EMu clients and some useful tips and tricks.

In future, we will be announcing the release of the EMu Newsletter through the EMu Newsletter Forum. If you would like to be informed of the availability of the latest issue of the newsletter, please be sure to subscribe to this forum.

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