The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (the Museum) recently received a prestigious gold MUSE award from the American Alliance of Museums for its digital infrastructure built on Alfresco Software. Alfresco is a leading provider of modern Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) software, and it facilitates the Museum’s digital content experience, which includes 6,500 images and over 100 hours of high-definition video, all complete with metadata.
The Museum is the first in the world solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Designed to encourage reflection and dialogue, it provides visitors with a unique interactive experience including a large digital collection of recorded oral histories and dynamic, multimedia technology exhibits. Because of this, the Museum is one of the most digitally advanced cultural institutions in North America, as evidenced by its recent win of four MUSE awards.
Alfresco One, Alfresco’s ECM platform, serves as the Museum’s digital repository. In cooperation with solutions provided by Technology Services Group and the Museum’s digital platforms team, Alfresco One supports all aspects of digital storytelling, including creation, cataloguing, exhibition, web and mobile dissemination, and archival storage.
“Alfresco allows us to deliver an experience in which the Museum informs the visitor, the visitor informs the Museum, and visitors inform other visitors,” said Scott Gillam, the Museum’s digital platforms manager. “It’s not simply a broadcast model, but an immersive experience that inspires conversation and interaction.”
Alfresco’s open technology fits with the spirit of the Museum and its mandate of transparency and collaboration, and allows it to continue to evolve with different technologies. In addition, Alfresco’s robust rights management provides the flexibility needed for the Museum’s varied users.
“By its nature, the Museum is open and ever changing, so certainly its ECM should be open and flexible,” Alfresco Founder and CTO John Newton said. “Alfresco was founded on these principles as well – creating an open architecture that can adapt to unforeseen changes. We are proud to help the Museum provide an exceptional digital experience to its visitors, and we look forward to working with the Museum as its needs and use cases evolve in the future.”
Alfresco provides modern enterprise content management (ECM) software built on open standards that enables organizations to unlock the power of their business-critical content. With the controls that IT demands and the simplicity that end users love, Alfresco’s open source technology enables global organizations to collaborate more effectively across cloud, mobile, hybrid and on-premise environments. Innovating at the intersection of content, collaboration and business process, Alfresco manages over seven billion documents, powering the daily tasks of more than 11 million users worldwide. Select Alfresco customers include: Amnesty International, Cisco, DAB Bank, FOX, NASA, PGA Tour, and Sony Entertainment. Founded in 2005, Alfresco’s UK headquarters are in Maidenhead, UK with U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, CA. Please visit us at http://www.alfresco.com.