As a partnership of 75 member universities, the CRKN has access to numerous collections of scholarly information including photographs, documents, virtual exhibits as well as other artefacts and images. With an initial database containing approximately 50 records, there was a need to enter and grow the number of records, and be able to organize and deliver them using a streamlined solution.
CRKHN site administrators needed to be able to enter the collections data from their Excel program into the Drupal 8, open source platform, both manually and in an automated manner. Recognized, standard fields needed to be utilized.
Website visitors needed a user-friendly, responsive interface to access the collections. The interface needed to be intuitive and have the capability of displaying records in a clear, concise manner that pushed the boundaries of library record design. Most important was the ability to effectively search the database while serving up the results in a meaningful and trusted way.
The solution needed to be intuitive and clear, using a powerful search mechanism that leveraged the taxonomies, keywords and content from the collection data.