NovaMuse

Congratulations to the Association of Nova Scotia Museums on the launch of their new NovaMuse web site! It's a CollectiveAccess-based archive that provides access to the collections of 52 museums across the Canadian province. Interestingly, all 52 use CollectiveAccess for their collections, so it's actually an archive of archives. And quite nice! Check it out at http://www.novamuse.ca.

Check out the GVSU Mobile App

Our friends at Grand Valley State University have released a native iPhone app for browsing their CollectiveAccess database. The app uses the standard CA web services API to interact with GVSU's CollectiveAccess database and includes maps, tours and browsing. You can read more about it here or download it on the iTunes App Store. The source code is not yet publicly available but we're told it will be open sourced later this year.

Waasland goes live

On the 25th of November 2010, four new Flemish cultural heritage websites were launched, which all make use of CollectiveAccess: www.waaserfgoed.be, www.erfgoedbankmeetjesland.be, www.erfgoedbanknoorderkempen.be, www.kempenserfgoed.be. FARO (www.faronet.be), a government agency providing expertise and consultancy to the cultural heritage sector in Flanders, is also setting up a test-environment with pre-installed CollectiveAccess databases, to help small organizations with the set-up of their digital collections management strategy.

Oorlog in Blik

Check out Oorlog in Blik, a beautiful new online film archive showcasing amateur and professional film shot in the Netherlands in the period around the Second World War. CollectiveAccess is used to manage the database, to harvest, via OAI-PMH, metadata and media from 17 participating archives and to provide data directly to the public-facing site, which was was developed by Statuur for the Netherlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie.