I am researching options for our non-profit museum. We maintain several large catalogs in Portfolio Server, and we are looking to make some catalogs available internally via Netpublish, and other catalogs available publicly via Netpublish. Our museum uses TMS to handle collections management, and we cannot move away from that at this time.
We used to have a “bridge” between Portfolio and TMS that would import metadata directly from TMS as we cataloged, or shortly afterwards. This bridge was constructed in-house by a long gone IT professional. It has been broken for years.
As we move towards publishing these catalogs, it would be immensely helpful if we could add a richer set of meta-data to images in Portfolio. Doing so manually would be ridiculous. I’m looking for help, suggestions, ideas on how our existing IT department could build a similar bridge. Or, if that isn’t possible, where could we find someone able to do this, and what would the approximate cost be? We are in the very early stages of brainstorming ways to get our collection more available.