Submitted by on Wed, 2009-03-25 15:28
By Thornton Staples A Wunderkammer, or chamber of curiosities, was a precursor to the modern museum. During the Rennaissance kings, noblemen and rich burghers with an interest in the arts and sciences collected objects of varying kinds: stones precious and semi-precious, fossils, pieces of art and exotic artifacts. They stored and displayed them in purpose-designed rooms, Wunderkammers, which were pieces of furniture also known as Cabinets of Curiosities. Curalia AB, a company based in Sweden, is using Fedora to develop a digital Wunderkammer.
Project Wunderkammer aims to develop a platform for development of museum collections management systems with Fedora used as the repository for the collections data. Data is modeled in RDF and concepts as SKOS with applications developed in Java/Wicket. Their platform will support workflows (using jBpm) to model typical museum management processes like loans out, loans in, acquisition, etc. Development and progress can be followed at http://wunderkammer.curalia.se, where there is information in English, and a demo. The project is currently written in Swedish with plans to translate the system into English.
Curalia AB became a subsidiary of Addnode in 2007. It is a small company with 15 employees which was founded in 2001 as an IT-consultancy focused on providing tailor-made solutions using open source software. The Wunderkammer toolbox is based on a system they developed for the Swedish National Heritage Board, one of the company´s first customers. The company has extensive experience developing solutions for the cultural heritage sector, including information systems for the storage, management and publication of heritage information (buildings, archaeological sites and monuments, collections of images and drawings). Other areas they work in are Geographical Information Systems, secure messaging and document transfer between government agencies and systems integration.