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.
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We are generating a huge amount of rich multimedia and narrative which we wanted to publish online to complement our exhibitions programme. User research has shown that our audiences engage better with longer form content rather than just a database front-end. Thirty8 Digital developed a stunning, flexible theme which allows us to rapidly develop narrative content in a way which is complementary to the exhibition development process....
Project: Bristol Museums storytelling
The team at KCA London loved working with Mike and Rachel of Thirty8 Digital. Their technical expertise, creativity and iterative approach to website development meant that, together, we have produced a website we are really proud of....
Project: KCA website
Thirty8 Digital were fantastic. They guided us through the process without making us feel stupid, kept in close touch, listened to what we wanted, coped with us changing our mind about things and still delivered on time....
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