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Book-Browsing using KE Emu: Publishing Books on-line 12 April 2007. Julian Tomlin Head of Administration. Contents. The project - Thomas Wardle sample books Review of other book-browsing technologies Developing KE Emu’s Book-Browser The Flash alternative Questions.

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Book-Browsing using KE Emu: Publishing Books on-line12 April 2007

Julian Tomlin

Head of Administration


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Contents

  • The project - Thomas Wardle sample books

  • Review of other book-browsing technologies

  • Developing KE Emu’s Book-Browser

  • The Flash alternative

  • Questions


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Thomas Wardle Sample Books

  • The Whitworth’s textile collection

  • 11 sample books used at Thomas Wardle

  • 4 groups

    • 5 Block print trials

    • 3 Block record books

    • 2 Copper roller books

    • 1 Colourways record book

  • Dated between 1875 and 1915

  • 2000 pages, 1500 excluding blanks plus 200 samples


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“Wardle Sample Books Revealed”

  • Designation Challenge Fund 2006/8

  • Grant of £59k for £76.5k project cost

  • Aims

    • To reveal Thomas Wardle’s contribution to story of textile and design history

    • To use new research to tease out unexplored links and meanings

    • To facilitate public engagement by disseminating it in different ways

    • To exploit new technologies to make difficult material accessible to users

    • To collaborate with other North West museums



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“Wardle Sample Books Revealed”

  • Liaison with other Designated collections in North West

  • Specialist researchers

    • Mind-maps

  • Data entry coordinator

    • For entering records in KE EMu

  • Conservation

  • Photography

    • Page by page, including inserts

  • Publication - including Book-Browsing


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Review - What’s out there?

  • British Library

    • Turning the Page

  • Tate Gallery

    • Sketchbook viewer (catalogue style interface)

      • Turner sketchbooks

    • Flash viewer

      • Edward Hopper; Donald Rodney

  • Museum Victoria

    • Caught and Coloured


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KE EMu Book-Browser

  • Spinning the Web

  • TUC - Workers’ War

  • Tailoring to produce a “better browser”

    • Drawing up spec

    • Delivery and testing

    • Detailed cataloguing

    • Launch


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Whitworth Book-BrowserSearch Results

  • Integration with on-line Collections Catalogue

    • Built-in recognition of books to determine how published

  • Changing search results

    • Adding searching for narratives in Simple Search

    • Results “Try these narratives first ….” Then objects list

    • Revised to “Try narratives in these categories” (by narrative type)/Or these objects (by collection group)



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Whitworth Book-BrowserBook pages

  • Generic development

  • Page by page display to include related narratives

    • Page Description narrative published in full

    • Other narratives published as links

    • Related objects and Multimedia also published

  • Navigation - forward, back, start, end but not Flash

  • Demonstration of test pages


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Flash pages

  • Not KE EMu but using EMu

  • Open Source software

    • Page-flip, based on Adobe Flash

  • Custom design

    • Generic development

    • Navigation

    • Link to and from KE EMu catalogue record

    • References Multimedia from KE Emu

  • Test page


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Next steps

  • Develop object/narrative search results

  • Evaluate in context of website

  • Complete KE EMu development

  • Catalogue and publish Wardle Sample Books

    • and Walter Crane Children’s Books and …

  • Share with other KE EMu users!


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References

The North West Pattern Book Survey, Philip A Sykas, Textile History, 32 (2), 156 -174, 2001

Page Turning: Revealing the interface issues of on-line document viewing, Karen Elinich, Museums and Web, 2006 http://www.archimuse.com

British Library / Turning the Page

http://www.bl.uk / http://www.turningthepage.com

Tate Gallery

http://www.tate.org.uk

Spinning the Web

http://www.spinningtheweb.org.uk

Museum Victoria - Caught and Coloured - Choose ‘Prodromus of Zoology of Victoria’ from highlights of McCoy’s World

http://www.museum.vic.gov.au/caughtandcoloured

Downloadable page flip software

http://www.iparigrafika.hu/pageflip/ / http://www.page-flip.com


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Thank you

julian@juliantomlin.com

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth




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