Collections Online

Collections Online

Waitaki’s cultural collections are being launched online. Our new collections online website aims to make the art, photographs and objects of the Waitaki accessible and discoverable. More than 2500 items from the Forrester Gallery, North Otago Museum and Waitaki District Archive are now searchable on our new mobile friendly website https://collection.culturewaitaki.org.nz.

Highlights of our Collections Online include the Steenson Collection of architectural drawings, Forrester Gallery heritage art collection, memorial oak plaques and historic photographs of the Waitaki. As part of getting our collection online we have had to look hard at our data to improve it. There is still plenty to do on identification of dates, descriptions and other metadata. We’re hoping that people will make comments and let us know about improvements we could make. Part of our journey has been to adopt the industry standard Museum classification system, Nomenclature, https://www.nomenclature.info. Using an internationally recognised system like Nomenclature gives us consistency and helps make our collection globally discoverable. State of the art machine learning techniques are also used to provide colour analysis and generate auto tags across the collection. Collections Online has been made possible using software from Vernon Systems, a New Zealand company specialising in professional collection management software for cultural heritage organisations and the support of Waitaki District Council.Where possible we have released items under a Culture Waitaki Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. This means the public can use images as they need to, provided they attribute Culture Waitaki as the source.

Collections Online is a chance for our audience to engage with our collections in a way that suits them. Whether you live close by or far away, you can browse for fun or research a subject in detail. We hope this will lead to greater engagement by schools, scholars and the wider community with the cultural heritage of Waitaki.

Chris Meech