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Extending CollectionSpace: new webapps, new adopters, new features

CollectionSpace, the collections management software used by numerous campus museums and supported by Research IT, has been extended over the years by a number of additional web applications (webapps) which provide functionality not included in the core system. These webapps, like the regular CollectionSpace user interface (UI), run in a browser window and are accessible to anyone who has a computer with an internet connection and a suitable browser.

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology uses CollectionSpace to move their collections and launch a Collections Portal

PAHMA basket 1-320

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology uses CollectionSpace and applications built on the application’s RESTful API to help move their collection into recently improved collections facilities and tackle the new demands facing their museum today.

First UI milestone for CollectionSpace UI rewrite

CollectionSpace UI rewrite milestone 1

Ray Lee of UC Berkeley’s Research IT department is the lead for the CollectionSpace UI rewrite project, code-named “Drydock.” The following piece describes the state of the project after completing the first of four milestones. This work is funded by a recent grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to LYRASIS, CollectionSpace’s institutional home.

Migrating half a million Hearst Museum images to Box

Card catalog images, representative of 527,000 similar images migrated to Box

The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (PAHMA) recently found itself with over half a million digital catalog card images that are in active use, but needed to be duplicated in order to preserve them in a redundant, reliable archive. Copying a few hundred, or even a few thousand files is a relatively straightforward task. Assuring that 527,000 files are successfully copied in a reasonable period of time, without requiring constant attention, is trickier. Research IT worked with PAHMA’s Dr.

Atmospheric chemists use Savio to build computational gas emission models

Professor Ron Cohen and team

Ron Cohen, Professor of Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Berkeley, and graduate students Alexis Shusterman, Josh Laughner, and visiting Harvard graduate student Alex Turner, are “trying to create a model of the world that matches the observations of the world.” That is, Cohen’s team is using sensor technology to measure the concentrations of atmospheric gases at both local and global scales, and from that data develop computational models that describe the emission processes and rates that cause those observations.