MOAC: Community Toolbox
Project Manager: Richard Rinehart
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Abstract

Museums are working with archives, libraries, cultural organizations, and individual scholars and artists to build a national network of cultural content such as artworks, images, and digital learning objects to create and sustain a nation of learners. However, progress in building this national network continues to be stymied in part by the high cost of participation in such large-scale efforts. Issues of cost, time, labor, and technical capacity limit the ability of museums and libraries to share digital content broadly, thus limiting the growth of a national network of cultural content. Clearly, if we are to build a national network and support our nation's learners, one challenge that must be overcome is to lower the cost of participation and raise the capacity of the nation's museums, libraries, and scholars for broad content sharing. MOAC: Community Toolbox is a project of the MOAC consortium that has developed a software tool that enables easy, practical, and cost-effective production and sharing of standards-based content.

Building on previous successful work in the areas of standards and online collections access, the new MOAC software tool, the Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD), has been developed as both a utilitarian tool and as a test case for exploring more general issues of content sharing and community tool development. This tool has two primary functions that can be used together or separately: it provides basic digital asset management for simple to complex media objects and it easily transforms collections information into an extensible variety of standards-based XML formats, such as METS and OAI, to allow even small organizations without technical staff to share their collections broadly and participate in building a national network of culture. DAMD was developed as an "open solution," built on FileMaker Pro software (8.5 or above) because of the broad base of installed users of FileMaker in the museum and arts communities. DAMD is available for free to cultural organizations. The tool, and its unique export/transform functions (detailed in the documentation), are open-ended, allowing organizations to customize the tool for themselves or the community to improve the tool for all.

Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, DAMD is now ready to be shared freely with the cultural heritage community.

Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD)

From this web page, you may download your own copy of the Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD), which works in FileMaker Pro Version 8.5 or above for Mac or Windows. Also available is a PDF version of the DAMD manual, with annotated screenshots.

Download the Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD) and documentation in one .zip file.

Download the Digital Asset Management Database (DAMD) and documentation as separate files.

Project Goals & Objectives

Project Partners

Museums
  • University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • Oakland Museum of CA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Libraries & Library Organizations
  • University of Illinois Library
  • California Digital Library
  • RLG (formerly Research Libraries Group)
  • UC Berkeley Library & Bancroft Library

Project Outcomes

This software tool is released to the community as-is, with no implied technical support. Organizations using the tool are encouraged to improve the tool and release new versions into the community. Thanks go to: the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funded the project; Beeswax Datatools, which developed and programmed the tool; Patrick Schmitz, who wrote the project analysis; Andrew McDiarmid, who wrote the tool manual; and staff from all of the cultural partner organizations who made this project a success.