About Abaset Collections
How Abaset Collections came to be
Using her experience of working with the collection and in close collaboration with museum staff at the Egypt Centre, Swansea University, Sam designed a bespoke new platform that would allow the collection to be appreciated virtually, and include every single object, down to the last bead! Given the additional capabilities of the software, the term ‘online collection’ is used rather than ‘online catalogue’.
Through an understanding of the material providing the dataset, the software is fine-tuned in order to meet the evolving needs of the institutions and research projects that Abaset collaborates with, such as the inclusion of Unicode to allow transliterations of ancient texts to be included, audio and video content for ease of accessibility, and an intuitive search bar to anticipate the data that the user may be looking for. The inclusion of as many “drop down” options rather than free-text for data entry ensure continuity and cohesion when searching.
As a result of this experience, Sam realised that this approach to software, and the involvement of a developer with an understanding of the dataset really makes a difference to the accessibility of an online collection… and so Abaset Collections was born!