Digital Asset Management at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Project Description:

As part of an Esmee Fairbairn funded project, a new system for the central storage and management of the museum's digital assets has been developed. The new system means that all of the scanned and digital photographs, audio recordings, and videos, are housed in a centralised RAID storage, with a database providing an index and generating unique filenames for each object. In turn, these assets are then linked to the museum's other databases, meaning that staff and visitors can view all of the images of an object alongside its database entry. An additional suite of scripts is then used to combine all of these assets into human-readable web pages, which are accessed via the museum's online searchable database. In total, spread across the museum's collections of objects and photographs, there are now over 350,000 individual webpages available online, detailing the museum's entire inventory. The new database allows staff to easily add new assets to the database, and then files them and creates versions for use within the internal database and on the web. At present, about 30% of the museum's objects have photos attached to them, but this number is steadily increasing.