One of the most stunning museums around, UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology has just opened itself up to far more open access than ever before. Their collections cover all manner of stunning items, from old school Native American basket designs to ancient textiles taken from Peru.
Now, fans of their work can go online and check out their open digital portal, which provides access to over 3 million unique objects of various styles.
This will give interested parties access to photography, sound recordings and various pieces of film media to be enjoyed. This project, which took two years to complete, now offers more access than was ever available before.
Now, the public can come in and take a much closer look at some of these stunning items, all through a cataloged interface that makes it easy for you to know exactly what you are looking for. Speaking about this was the Museum Director, Benjamin Porter, who said:
“In line with the Hearst Museum’s vision of serving as a place where cultures connect, we view the portal as contributing to the resources on offer to our stakeholders,”
With museum staff and volunteers taking around 2,000 photos per week, using specialized lighting for best effect, each object is now being uploaded to this digital portal. This will make it much easier for researchers and for interested parties to find out more about these amazing items.
Working with the UC Berkeley Research IT Museum Informatics program to help make this possible, this latest addition is going to be essential for helping others learn about times far before our own.
Link To The Past
With the help of this new portal, people will be able to simply run keyword-based search queries to find information that they find intriguing. It will be especially useful for those with cultural links to the times connected to the Hearst Museum and its general timelines.
Also, it will be very useful for those such as tribal government officials, who are sometimes among the most common visitors to the museum.
Indeed, inside this massive collection, users will have access to images from everything including human remains to vintage objects from the era, including “charm stones” – though some of these would need express permission from the museum to visit on the digital portal to preserve their integrity.
The museum has long played a major role in helping people to link back with Native California, having been first founded in 1901. Their collections come from across the world, and documents the best part of 2-million years’ worth of development made by man.
Be sure to check this out if you have an interest in looking at the past of our species, and what amazing achievements we’ve made over the millennia.