How to construct a sustainable information system that reuses collection data as well as narrative texts

Lightning Talk

Saturday, April 04, 2020: 2:00pm - 3:30pm -

Wilhelm Lagercrantz, Swedish National Historical Museums, Sweden

How do you construct a sustainable information system that reuses collection data as well as narrative texts?

In the Swedish History museum’s new Viking exhibition, which is planned to open June 2020 we want as little printed information as possible. Therfore we constructed a web-based system that works on built in touch screens in the exhibition as well as on the visitor’s own phones. Ten themes tell about the world of the Vikings; Trade, At Home, Beliefs, Handicraft etc. Every theme has several display cases. Each display case, about 80 in total, have a touch screen adjacent. What meets the user is a narrative text that tells the general story behind the objects, but you can also get detailed information about each displayed object.

The collections information is retrieved through API from our collection management system, Axiell Collections. For the narrative texts we use a “text database” a WordPress installation with API. The structure and references to text and images is all kept in the collection management system. The idea is to use the same source when presenting exhibition data on other platforms like our web site.