MUSEUMS COMPUTER GROUP
One-Day Meeting at The Natural History Museum, London
Tuesday 7th September 1999
Sponsored by Ardent Software
This meeting will consist of a series of presentations covering aspects of
IT within The Natural History Museum of relevance to other disciplines.
Because we are expecting a large attendance, the meeting will take place in
our main lecture theatre and we hope to have some demonstrations set up
nearby. Unfortunately, again due to expected numbers, we are unable to
organise tours during the day, although, for those who will be attending the
MDA/CIDOC Conference, there will be a half-day tour of The Natural History
Museum on Monday 6th September.
* There is no charge for this meeting. Members and non-members are welcome.
* Tea and Coffee will be provided. Lunch can be obtained from the staff
refectory in The Natural History Museum or from public restaurants in The
Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum, and
also from Imperial College.
* Parking is virtually non-existent; you are advised to travel by public
transport. The nearest Underground Station is South Kensington, which is 5
minutes walk from the Museum.
* The meeting will start at 10.00 and finish at 17.00. Doors will open at
09.30 and cloakroom facilities will be provided. IMPORTANT NOTE: Delegates
should use the Earth Galleries Entrance in Exhibition Road and bring this
page to show that they are attending the MCG meeting.
267 members of MCG who are on their mailing list will be receiving a printed
version of the booking form and programme, but if you wish to attend please
feel free to fill in the following details and reply to [log in to unmask] (by
31st August please):
If you are interested in meeting for an evening meal in a local restaurant,
please indicate Yes here:
The programme for the day will be:
10.00 Sue Gordon, MCG Chair, Charles Hussey, NHM Welcome to Meeting 10.05 Ray Lester, Head of Department of Library and Information Services Introduction to IT projects in the NHM 10.15 David Gee, Software Developer, Dept. of Library and Information Services DSML: Delivering databases to the Web DSML (Dynamic System Mark-up Language) is an XML to HTML converter, developed at The NHM, which provides, as standard, XML tags for database access. This non-proprietary system enables access to any data source independent of platform. 10.45 Mike Lowndes, Web Manager, Dept. of Library and Information Services Document Publishing to an Intranet The Natural History Museum launched an extensive new Intranet in June 1998. A core part of this was the establishment of a document store/publishing system designed to allow any staff member to publish standard business documents on the Intranet without HTML coding. Our working system will be described and discussed. 11.00 Coffee 11.45 Martin Pulsford, Picture Librarian, Dept. of Development & Marketing. The Natural History Museum Picture Library - From DOS to website The computing applications that have helped the Picture Library to raise over £1,000,000 in eight years, including the development of an interactive website launched at www.nhm.ac.uk/piclib earlier this year, will be described and discussed. 12.15 Neil Thomson, Head of Systems & Central Services, Dept. of Library and Information Services Discovery of museum objects: emerging metadata standards The NHM is participating in the CIMI (Computer Interchange of Museum Information) Dublin Core Testbed Project which is testing the feasibility of extending the use of this standard to describe museum objects for cross-domain resource discovery by non-experts. 12.45 Lunch 14.00 Bob Bloomfield, Head of Exhibition Research and Design, Dept. of Exhibitions and Education Introduction to Front of House IT projects 14.15 John Benfield, New Media Developer, Dept. of Exhibitions and Education Earthlab - In the galleries and on the Web The Earth lab gallery and the Earth lab datasite are part of an exciting new science resource at The Natural History Museum for investigating mineral, rock and fossil specimens from the UK. 14.45 Roy Hawkey, Head of Education, Dept. of Exhibitions and Education QUEST: real learning from virtual objects Learning from objects requires learners to interact directly with the object, both physically and intellectually, to discover more about its features and possible relationships. QUEST enables visitors to explore and investigate a diversity of objects, to collect evidence and to share their findings - all in a virtual environment. 15.15 Tea 15.45 Norman MacLeod, Researcher, Palaeontology Dept. The Electronic Publication of Systematic Information: Images, Databases, & Journals How new media may be exploited to deliver high quality information about museum objects. Drawing on experience with the Palaeovision project and the NHM-Blackwell Science PaleoBase products, the talk will explore the possibilities offered by high resolution imaging and also electronic journals. 16.15 Open Forum, Chaired by Len Nunn, Head of Information Technology, Dept. of Library and Information Services Current Issues for Museum Computing, a chance to share. 16.55 - 17.00 Sue Gordon, MCG Chair Roundup and close of meeting. From: Charles Hussey, Head of Collections Systems Development, Department of Library and Information Services, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD United Kingdom Original JISCMail post: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=mcg;23319f76.99