Accomplishment: Supported deployment activities for 3 campus collections (PAHMA, UCJEPS, HAVRC), and preparing for more.
With funding from an IMLS Leadership Grant, we are doing initial deployments of CollectionSpace for campus collections. The development team is supporting this by doing custom extensions, supporting installation and configuration, facilitating issue resolution, etc.
The CollectionSpace project will provide a common, scalable solution for managing museum and research collections across the campus, and eventually across the system. This replaces a number of aging systems based upon obsolete technologies, and that require considerable overhead to support and maintain. It adds significant new functionality, provides accessible web-based interfaces, and leverages current enterprise technologies for security and stability.
This directly impacts the museums and research collections including:
- History of Art Visual Resource Collection
- Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology
- UC and Jepson Herbaria
Because of the broad impact of these research collections, the indirect impact spans much of the research and teaching mission of the University. In addition, the practices and approaches to migration of these initial collections provide a template for additional deployment activities in the coming years.
This project represents a considerable strategic accomplishment in aligning many campus collections on a single sustainable strategy. These deployments are part of a larger community effort to share templates, tools, and experiences to provide better tools with a more sustainable model.