Redisplaying your object records/images in your own website?

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paul
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Redisplaying your object records/images in your own website?

Postby paul » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:50 am

Object records and images in eHive all belong to a particular account. Each account usually belongs to one private collector or heritage organisation.

Object records can be published to the main ehive.com website. You can also mark records as belonging to a community that groups content from several collectors/organisations for a specific theme. e.g. A geographical region, objects by the same artist, objects from the same genre/style.

The public records can be viewed by searching on ehive.com. e.g. Search for Radio in the search box at the top right and you'll find examples of radios in many collections.

NZMuseums is an example of a community. Museums within New Zealand are marking highlights of their collections as being part of this community. You can see these records and images on ehive.com, and you can see just the NZMuseums objects by first searching for this community on the eHive Search page.

What if you want to show these records and images on another website?
http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz is a website to show only the object records in the NZMuseums community within eHive. The site is built using the Joomla content management system. It uses an API (application programming interface) to get object record and image content from eHive and redisplay within the http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz branded website. The API is the glue that joins the NZMuseums website with the eHive server and its content.

If you search for Radio on http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz, you'll see some of the same radios, but only ones from the NZMuseums community in eHive. This is because the API is filtering the objects in eHive to only show the relevant ones.

We are working on making generic functions for redisplaying your object records and images in your own website. There's four possible methods for doing this:

1. We're building a generic museum website in Joomla, possibly with several standard colour schemes by default. This will connect to eHive for the object explore, search and view functions and will make use of Joomla's functions to allow the collection administrator to tailor the website menus and articles (e.g. About us, History of the collection). This is similar to how the existing http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz website is constructed. Administrators will be able to alter the style of the site further through Cascading Style Sheets.

2. The same generic website could be used just for the object explore, search and view functions, and then these pages could be within an existing website. This would be done by running the eHive based functions/web pages (explore, search, view) on a separate server to the main museum website. The museum would have two website domains: their main one - e.g. http://www.mymuseumwebsite.org.uk, and the site with the collection browsing functions using eHive's software - e.g. collection.mymuseumwebsite.org.uk. The eHive pages could be styled to be close to the main website so that the transition between the pages is relatively seamless to the end user.

3. We're working on a REST based API for web developers to embed object records and images directly in another existing website. This gives the most flexibility as a web developer could build a completely new method of navigating through the object records and images or embed very specific subsets of information in particular pages of another website.

The first versions of options 1-3 are planned to be completed at the mid of 2010.

4. RSS feeds to common subsets of content. e.g. The latest public objects for a particular museum (account). RSS feeds are planned for 2010.

sLouise
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Re: Redisplaying your object records/images in your own webs

Postby sLouise » Wed May 13, 2015 2:31 am

Hello,

I'm about 3 years late to this conversation, however curious to know if option 3 has been made possible? My company is a prospective customer but we'll need to be able to connect our objects in our CMS to our preexisting website.

Thanks!

Naomi
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Re: Redisplaying your object records/images in your own webs

Postby Naomi » Wed May 13, 2015 10:43 am

Hi there,

Yes, you can integrate your eHive account with your preexisting website using eHive's API. You can find more information and technical documentation on using the API on our developers website:
http://developers.ehive.com/

All the best,
Naomi

sLouise
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Re: Redisplaying your object records/images in your own webs

Postby sLouise » Thu May 14, 2015 7:13 am

Apparently my first response did not post, so if this is repeated, please forgive me.

Thank you for the link. There is a lot of lingo in there that goes very far over my head so I'll have to let our computer guy peruse the information.

I understand that this would fall under a different post topic but I was wondering if you might be able to answer it regardless. Are PDF's capable of being uploaded to the system?

Naomi
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Re: Redisplaying your object records/images in your own webs

Postby Naomi » Thu May 14, 2015 9:34 am

PDF files cannot currently be stored or displayed on eHive. Depending on the amount of documentation you're working with, you could convert your PDFs to JPEGS to enable them to be displayed on an eHive record. There are a number of free online services that will allow you to upload a PDF and then email you back images a few minutes later. Alternatively, you could store your PDFs online in some other service, such as on your institution's own web server and link to this in the Web Public Description using an anchor tag.

There are instructions for this in eHive's online Help:
http://help.ehive.com/index.htm#Linking-to-other-websites-audio-and-media-files

sLouise
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Re: Redisplaying your object records/images in your own webs

Postby sLouise » Fri May 15, 2015 2:36 am

You've been a lot of help! Thank you so much!!


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