Accomplishment: Made significant progress towards a foundation home for CollectionSpace, and a sustainable model for ongoing development and support.
Working with project partners, funders, campus and external IT and museum experts, we are building a foundation model that will provide legal, administrative, intellectual property licensing, communications, and related support to ensure the longer term sustainability and governance of CollectionSpace as a project and organization.
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.
We are doing this foundation work now to ensure that we have a sustainable model for the project long term, independent of grant funding, and not totally reliant on campus or system funding.
This directly impacts the museums and research collections supported by IST, including:
Because of the broad impact of these research collections, the indirect impact spans much of the research and teaching mission of the University.