Chiara Feriotto, from the University of Ferrara, will present an information system developed with our Livebase platform at the Digital Heritage International Congress 2013 (Oct 28 – Nov 01, Marseille). The system is the result of a collaboration between Fhoster and TekneHub (one of the four Laboratories of the Tecnopole of Ferrara), which also involved Michela Biancardi, Ursula Thun Hohenstein and Marzia Breda.
In Italy, the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD) rules the cataloguing of the rich and articulated Italian Cultural Heritage through a complex system of shared methodology and formats.
ICCD established different catalogue datasheets for each typology of Cultural Good, providing also detailed instructions to fill them. However, the computer assisted process necessary to the management of these complex datasheets (in some cases up to nearly 500 fields) is inadequate.
TekneHub carried out a survey to analyse problems and needs through all the steps of the cataloging activity, thus drawing a precise picture of the issues to be addressed. As a result of this study, Fhoster has been selected as the reference technological partner to start a pilot project trying to address the issues.
The unique model-driven approach of the Livebase platform allowed Fhoster and TekneHub to quickly test many alternative designs to match the ICCD datasheet chosen as a test (Naturalistic Palaeontological Goods – form BNP 3.01), and to implement specific functions to facilitate the cataloguing activity.
As a test bed, the Geological Museum “Capellini” offered all the paper entry catalogue of its collection of fossil fish from the Middle Eocene of Bolca (Vicenza, Italy). The application interface has been shaped taking into account consistency and intuitiveness.
The application created on the Livebase platform strongly improves the efficiency of the cataloguing activity and, at the same time, allows a quick and effective query of the catalogue through basic and advanced filters, and it’s still compliant with the complex Italian cataloguing standards.