The system we built is based on three distinct components. Firstly, there is a Laravel build for the API, which enables the upload of collections data from any participating museum into a central metadata store. This data store can be accessed via a public api which is documented here.

Secondly, we built a CultureObject provider for our data store which queries the API system on a regular basis in order to bring in updated or new records.

Finally, we built a robust and flexible web platform based on WordPress multisite which supports the public SWCE website as well as any participating museum sites. Each can have their own web presence, with collections data displayed uniquely for each site, while the “mothership” at http://swcollectionsexplorer.org.uk shows the entire collections recordset for all museums.

Further developments have included a widget builder, CSV export and a flexible tool which enables anyone browsing the sites to create and curate their own collection.

See http://swcollectionsexplorer.org.uk and http://rammcollections.org.uk/

At a glance...

Project Type

Description

RAMM approached us to specify and build a system to support an ambitious project to enable local museums to upload a curated selection of object records into a flexible central system. From here, the data is distributed via a flexible web platform and a public API.

Client

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Link

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What people say

  • Linda Spurdle, Digital Manager, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Museums Trust

    The report that Thirty8 Digital developed is packed full of good information and recommendations and I think it is is going to be extremely useful as we move forwards ...

    Project: Birmingham Museums Trust website scoping report

  • Rick Lawrence, Digital Media Officer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

    We chose Thirty8 Digital to work on our Designated World Cultures website because of their experience in working with collections data and their solid reputation in the museum sector. Their work with our Collections Database website’s API to pull object data and images into the new website and making it a seamless part of the overall product delivered exactly what we hoped for....

    Project: Royal Albert Memorial Museum, World Cultures

  • David Addison – Virgin Group, Virgin Group

    When we wanted to make updates to our website we needed a web developer that would be able to take a complex, in-depth issue and present it in a fun, professional, coherent, comprehensive and  navigable way, and Thirty8 did not disappoint! It was an absolute pleasure dealing with the Thirty8 team....

    Project: Virgin Earth Challenge website

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