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James Taylor is the Online Collections Information & Partnerships Manager at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. He is the product owner of the Museum’s Collections Online and is responsible for the over twenty online platforms and partnerships the Museum shares its open data and imagery with. Prior to working at the Museum he was employed at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in a variety of public access and engagement roles and has also worked as a public historian.
Online collections beyond Collections Online
In a time of increasing financial constraint Auckland Museum has a strategy to COPE – Create Once and Publish Everywhere – by pushing our open collection data and imagery across over twenty external online platforms which has resulted in the most recent financial year in a nearly 10,000% increase over the views of our own Collections Online.
Yet while we seek to make our collections as widely accessible as possible, not everything is available to be shared and re-used, and we seek to balance this work via our cultural permissions frameworks to ensure our Taonga Maori and Pasifika data and collections are appropriately handled.