Collections Online: public access with open source tools – Booth 7

Ryan King, Smithsonian Institution, USA, Melda Washington, Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Asian Art Museum, USA, Liz Cheng, Freer & Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian institution, USA, Courtney OCallaghan, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, USA

On Jan 1, 2015, the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries released their fully digitized collections, making them openly available for non-commercial use. Our public interface though, remained the same.

Through a collaboration with Automattic, a primary contributor to WordPress, we have moved from a static site to one that leverages open source tools to stay responsive to the museums’ modern needs.

We will discuss the project tools we used, such as such as Slack, JIRA, & Github to help us collaborate with Automattic. We will share our prototyping successes/failures and how they helped us find our way into dynamic result filtering via elasticsearch. Finally, we will discuss maximizing the tools we used in various cultural environments.