CollectionSpace

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.

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Fine photographs of fungus

Collaboration among researchers in the curation of digital resources is becoming the norm these days.  However, even if your intention is to make your digital assets available to the research community and to link them appropriately, it can still be challenging to make that happen.

Here's a short and satisfying story of one such collaboration in the field of natural history -- serendipitous to be sure, but likely to become more and more common.

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CollectionSpace awards first mini-grants to museum partners

CollectionSpace mini-grant announcement screenshot

CollectionSpace has awarded its first ever mini-grants, to museums and collecting institutions in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.

The mini-grants will assist institutions in implementing the project’s web-based, open source collections management software, and to participate in design and development work to extend CollectionSpace benefits to a broader set of communities.

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UC Botanical Garden launches search portal on updated website

The University of California Botanical Garden is busy upping its game in the virtual world: besides a spiffy, attractive, revised website, with social features and expanded content, a new search engine for the Garden's present and past specimens has been released to the public.  You can find the link to the new search engine on the Garden's Collections page, the Search Plant Database link:

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