West Vancouver Museum & Archives

by Administrator Saturday, July 16, 2005 12:02 PM
The West Vancouver Museum Online Digital Collection is available at http://www.wvma.net/. The West Vancouver Museum & Archives is a community facility located in the historic Gertrude Lawson House. Officially opened in 1994, it features a dynamic exhibition and educational program, archives, and a gift shop. Operated by the Cultural Services section of the District of West Vancouver Parks and Community Services Department, in association with the West Vancouver Historical Society, the Museum & Archives works with the community as a heritage services resource centre to preserve and make accessible West Vancouver's history and development. The museum and archives object collection represents the history of the West Vancouver area from European settlement to the present day.

The West Vancouver Museum & Archives has used Inmagic software for many years to catalog its collections, and purchased WebPublisher PRO to provide web based searching capabilities. A search brings up a quick list of items in the museum catalog with a hyperlink to the full record with images if available. Andornot assisted with the implementation of a "dynamic include" as the images are actually in a separate, non-linked digital images database. This database allows additional information for each image, such as size, resolution, producer etc. which would not be possible if the images were simply repeating fields in the catalog database. The script is built around the Accession Number field in the catalog full web report, and uses canned search syntax to retrieve digital image records with the matching accession number. The dynamic include allows the placement of the results from the digital images database within the results from the catalog search.

Search on the word "lantern" and check out the images for the first few records in the full record display.

In addition to the searchable Online Collection, the Destinations Time Walk project utilizes data exported from Inmagic databases for the museum catalog, archival holdings, digital images and a dictionary database for capturing information regarding specific people or places.

The Archives is using Archives Online to manage archival accessions and descriptions in accordance with RAD (the Rules for Archival Description). Web access to the descriptions database is in the planning stage.

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