Session: Keepin’ It CIMPLE: Digital Resource Management

To go beyond the limitations of vendor-supplied solutions, the Spencer Museum of Art has developed a suite of five applications that provide access to digital resources. The Spencer’s database contains more than 200,000 records that document 45,000+ collection objects created by 9,000+ artists, manufacturers, and cultural groups. A substantial amount of this data is shared through the Spencer’s internally branded Centralized Information Management Platforms for Learning and Engagement (CIMPLE) applications. CIMPLE includes five searchable databases: Collection Search, Curricular Resources Database, K-12 Lesson Plans, Spencer Mobile App, and Spencer Data Mapping. Each of the applications is designed to address a different audience need, from full access to all the Spencer’s resources to object-centered teaching resources in the Curricular and K-12 Resource Databases for educators. This session will share the vision, risks, and strategic outcomes of taking on the challenge of applications development for broad public access. 

Robert Hickerson, Database Manager/Archivist, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas

Jim Miller, Computer Science faculty at the University of Kansas

Ashley B. Offill, Mellon Curricular and Digital Projects Coordinator and Carlson Collection Intern, University of Kansas

Rachel M. Straughn-Navarro, K-12 State Outreach Coordinator at the Spencer Museum of Art and affiliate faculty in the Museum Studies department, University of Kansas

Ryan Waggoner, Director of Creative Services at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas