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Digital collection aggregation

Making your cultural heritage collections easier to find, share and use with Supplejack

A cultural heritage team working with DigitalNZ digital collection aggregation platform Supplejack A cultural heritage team working with DigitalNZ digital collection aggregation platform Supplejack

Taking all your taonga to the people

Supplejack is an integrated curation platform that lets you combine, manage and present digital collections online.

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With Supplejack you can:

  • aggregate assets from different collections
  • standardise, enhance and curate the asset records
  • share the collection via an easy-to-use search website.

These assets might be the records of physical artifacts in your collections, such as art works, books, magazines, film, recordings or manuscripts. They might include photos, scans and transcripts of these artifacts, or born-digital originals. These could be in any number of media, in any number of formats.

Applications include:

  • aggregating internal or external collections, or a combination of both
  • curating items by theme or concept from internal or external collections
  • providing federated search or a discovery layer.

By combining your cultural heritage assets into an engaging, accessible and consistent digital collection, you can take your taonga to the people.

With Supplejack you can:

  • aggregate assets from different collections
  • standardise, enhance and curate the asset records
  • share the collection via an easy-to-use search website.

These assets might be the records of physical artifacts in your collections, such as art works, books, magazines, film, recordings or manuscripts. They might include photos, scans and transcripts of these artifacts, or born-digital originals. These could be in any number of media, in any number of formats.

Applications include:

  • aggregating internal or external collections, or a combination of both
  • curating items by theme or concept from internal or external collections
  • providing federated search or a discovery layer.

By combining your cultural heritage assets into an engaging, accessible and consistent digital collection, you can take your taonga to the people.

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Easy for the public to use, through a single search, without having to go to many different databases to find our offerings.
Ellen Pullar of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Ellen Pullar
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Digital collection aggregation at a glance

Diagram showing how Supplejack digital collection aggregation combines disparate assets from different databases into a single search site.

An award-winning open-source platform

Built for the National Library of New Zealand, Supplejack is the award-winning platform that powers the DigitalNZ website and API. Learn more about the history of Supplejack.

While you can use Supplejack for any structured or semi-structured digital information, it’s designed for cultural heritage assets. As a result, galleries, libraries, archives and museums can use it out of the box. And because it’s open source you can customise it to suit.

Two team members from a cultural heritage institution check out Supplejack on a laptop

How Supplejack’s digital collection aggregation works

Supplejack works by harvesting, transforming and presenting the information used to describe, represent and categorise the assets: the metadata.

When assets live in different systems, the metadata is usually structured in different ways. Aggregating this metadata into a consistent search index means you can make it easier for users to find and engage with the digital collections.

Aggregate collections via metadata harvests

The Supplejack manager dashboard lets you:

  • define the internal or external sources you harvest from
  • specify the metadata attributes you harvest
  • schedule harvests
  • manage loads and performance.

You can harvest the records in a range of formats including XML, HTML, RSS, JSON, OAI-PMH and RDF/XML.

Using the Supplejack API, you can:

  • index your records
  • curate records by theme or concept
  • enable user-generated content
  • track metrics.
Two developers working on a Supplejack digital collection aggregation project

Maximise usability via metadata transformation

You can combine, transform and standardise your metadata into a consistent schema.

By giving your users and search engines an accurate, comprehensive, consistent and engaging understanding of each item, you improve both the usability and search engine optimisation (SEO) of your digital collection.

Share collections via search website

Supplejack comes with a customisable search website. This makes it easy for your users to find and engage with the collection items that interest them.

Users can:

  • search for records by keyword
  • view asset thumbnails and key descriptive metadata
  • filter or facet searches
  • view detailed listing pages
  • group chosen items into sets which they can keep private or share publicly.

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