Hopefully this blog will serve as a place for me to post some notes regarding my work in museum informatics. Since July of 2013 I have been employed as Senior Business Systems Analyst working in the Management Information Systems Group in the College of Literature,Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. The goal of my position is to serve as a museum informatician working with the various museums within LS&A. The specific museums I will be engaged with over the next few years include the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, the Herbarium, Museum of Anthropology, Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Zoology.
My current day-to-day activities involve working with the library to add tools to the Digital Library Extension Service (DLXS) that is used to host archives of digital media derived from museum objects. Recently I have been modifying the DLXS source code to be able to support microdata tags from schema.org to faciliate web indexing of digital media by web search tools such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. The DLXS system is currently used to host over 250 collections of digital media hosted by the UM Digital Library Production Services including many digital media archives from LS&A Museums. I am also working on developing new visualization tools for museum collections using tools such as Tableau to facilitate interacting with the information stored in current museum databases, and I am working to help transition existing collections to the KE EMu database system.
Most of my experiences to date have been in plant genomics, and I look forward to bringing genome scale views of databases and information to the needs in museum informatics at UM.