Contributed by PAFA Museum Collections
Collections staff have begun beta testing the museum’s new content management system (CMS)–Axiell Collections. While a somewhat clerical sounding update, it is one that we are very excited about, as it marks the beginning of a major turning point in our department’s projects: the migration of our collection data and media from an aging and outdated system, to a modernized one that is better equipped to deal with our needs in the present.
For now we have been busy experimenting with a sandbox version of the software—learning how it works, what it can and cannot do. We are additionally beginning to build out a new batch of custom report templates that work with this new interface. “Reports,” in this case, are automatically generated documents that compile batch answers to various questions that we might want to ask of our database about a given group of works. Example questions might include “where was this group of paintings each most recently located,” or, “what are all the names, materials, and dimensions of all the works currently on exhibit?” Regardless, reports are an invaluable way for a range of museum staff to utilize the vast amount of information in the database, and we are excited to see these coming to life already.
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