21st October, 2013
As part of a major project aimed at improving the content and access to its collection management, archive and library systems, Royal Armouries has chosen K-INT, KE Software and PTFS Europe to help deliver this key project. K-INT will be providing the CIIM discovery layer, KE Software will be delivering the EMu collections management system and PTFS Europe will be implementing and hosting the Koha library management system.
Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour – one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world.
It is home to the UK’s National Collection of Arms and Armour, National Artillery Collection, and National Firearms Collection. It is also the keeper of Tower of London history. Royal Armouries is Britain’s oldest public museum, and one of the oldest museums in the world. It operates on three UK sites: at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Fort Nelson near Portsmouth and at the White Tower within the Tower of London. For more information, please visit www.royalarmouries.org
Peter Armstrong, Royal Armouries Creative Development Director says ‘I am delighted to be working alongside such experienced and talented teams. We are delighted that we will have powerful new tools not only to manage our important collections better but also, just as importantly, to present them to our many new users worldwide.’
CIIM discovery layer
K-INT are responsible for delivering an over-arching resource discovery layer for the project. This system will use the CIIM software product to provide a unified search interface across a range of data sources including the library, archives and collections management systems. A bespoke user interface, built on top of the CIIM application programming interface (API) will be designed and built for Royal Armouries by Gooii Ltd; a Nottingham based design company, acting as subcontractors to K-INT.
EMu collections management system
KE Software will implement its Electronic Museum management system, EMu, to manage Royal Armouries’ archive, museum and digital asset collections. The world’s premier collections management system, EMu will manage all aspects of the Armouries’ collections from loans to insurance, donations, acquisitions, movements, exhibitions, events and more. KE will also implement IMu, or Internet Museum, a feature-rich, configurable web interface to the collections information managed by EMu. Built using the latest web technologies, IMu provides Internet and Intranet access to the published parts of a collection for use on desktop computers, in-house kiosks, on mobile devices and other platforms.
Koha library management system
With Koha, library staff access to the system is completely web-based; acquisitions and EDI, circulation, cataloguing, serials and reports are all done through a web browser. The online catalogue offers an excellent search capability and a full range of personalisation services. Koha’s depth of functionality continues to evolve and expand to meet the changing needs of its user base. A key part of the project lies in the ability to easily integrate Koha into the museum’s broader discovery environment.
Knowledge Integration Ltd, founded in 1999, is an open source software development company based in Sheffield. K-INT specialises in resource discovery solutions for the cultural and education sectors. Museum sector customers for its CIIM product include National Maritime Museum, Imperial War Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of London. The company also participates actively in collaborative R&D and is currently lead technical partner on the EUfunded Europeana Inside project as well as working closely with JISC Collections on the Knowledge Base plus and Global Open Knowledge Base projects. Since 2009, K-INT has partnered with Collections Trust to manage Culture Grid which provides access to over 3 million objects from a diverse range of UK collections.
About KE Software
KE Software is the world’s leading provider of Collections Management systems and services for natural history museums, cultural history museums, art museums, herbaria, botanic gardens, archives and special collections. KE’s Electronic Museum management system, EMu, has evolved over 25 years’ close partnership with industry experts and stakeholders and is the world’s leading museum management system, managing more specimens and artefacts (around half a billion) and with more end users than any other vendor’s software. EMu is in operation throughout North America, Europe, Australasia, North Africa and the Middle East, a client base that includes the three largest museums in the world. http://www.kesoftware.com/
About PTFS Europe
With over 60 customers in 12 countries, PTFS Europe provides a wide range of products and services to the library market. These include the open source library systems Koha and Evergreen, Rebus:list for list management, the VuFind discovery portal, CUFTS for electronic resource management, WordPress for Libraries and the ArchivalWare digital repository. An ISO27001 company, PTFS Europe provides the full range of services needed to implement, host and support these products.