I’ll start with some background. Please see Art & Architecture - About this site. Feel free to browse the site also to see the ‘Advanced Find’ options and metadata details when you select an item. You’ll note from the about page that this site is for the Courtauld Institute of Art and was developed with several different partners and systems. Despite what that site says for who those partners are, things are about to change!
Firstly, they use Museum Plus from Zetcom to manage their Collections information internally. Data from Museum Plus is being fed into Custom fields in a Portfolio Catalog using a ‘connector’ that Zetcom has developed to feed data into Portfolio through our API. Portfolio therefore has replaced the Artesia Teams product that the Courtauld Art Institute were using for their DAM and is working well for them. Portfolio therefore contains data relating to both the digital assets the collections in it, and that data is what should power that above site.
The A&A website, powered by software from Systems Simulation Ltd, uses an XML Importer to import XML files containing image and object cataloguing data into the CMS Production Database. It runs by default every 5 minutes on the CMS Server monitoring for XML files appearing in a known directory. It then imports the data, generates logs and archives each XML file away. So whilst previously the data is coming from two sources, the Zetcom plug-in means all the required data for the site is in Portfolio. So what we are looking to do is have Portfolio create the XML file that we can place in the known folder for the A&A site XML Importer to process.