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Cosmic Collections API

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Draft documentation


The Cosmic Collections Object API itself is available at http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects


PublicCosmosCultureService: GetMuseumObject

UriTemplate   http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects/AccessionNumber/{accessionNumber}
Method    GET
Response Format XML
Description    Returns information for a particular museum object

PublicCosmosCultureService: MuseumObjects

UriTemplate http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects
Method    GET
Response Format XML
Description    Returns a list of museum objects


Further documentation is linked from mashup resources.



Examples from http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects/AccessionNumber/1923-668

Child (0 to many)
What is it? Example
AccessionNumber   The unique identifier for a record, based on the museum's own accession number 1923-668
Name   Object name Telescope by Galileo (replica)
PermanentURI     www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/objectapi/cosmosculturepublic.svc/MuseumObjects/AccessionNumber/1923-668
Text     This is a replica of one of only two surviving telescopes made by Galileo. He made his first telescope after hearing descriptions of a new device that had begun circulating around Europe in late 1608. He refined the design into a powerful tool for astronomy.

The ornate decoration on the wood and leather tube suggests that Galileo made this telescope for demonstration to his patron Cosimo de Medici, rather than for regular use.

Interpretative text written for the exhibition. Think of it as a visitor-friendly indication of the significance of the object.

Galileo's spyglass
Image Id   11722
  Credit   Science Museum London
  Source Path to image (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk//hommedia.ashx), Id, Size


(combine with domain for http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk//hommedia.ashx?id=11722&size=Medium)

InterpretativeDate   Date summarised for the exhibition Original c. 1610
InterpretativePlace   Place summarised for the exhibition Florence
LinkedCelestialBodies: CelestialBody AlternativeName Other names or identifiers Luna
  AstronomicalName Official catalogue names or identifiers (this definition needs clarification but I don't have the documentation to hand)  
  CommonName The name most people would know a galaxy, planet, star, etc, by Moon
LinkedPeople: Person Id Unique identifiers from our catalogue's Person Authority records. 'Person' authority records may also be about organisations. 98213
  Name   Galilei, Galileo
  Relationship How is this person (or organisation) related to this object? user
LinkedPlaces: Place Id Unique identifiers from our catalogue's Place Authority records  2455
  PlaceName   Florence, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy, Europe, World
  Relationship How is this place related to this object?  made (original & replica)
MadeDateEnd   Date of earliest manufacture  
MadeDateStart   Date of latest manufacture  
Materials: Material Component   lens
  Description   glass
Measurements: Measurement Description   overall: 970 mm 60 mm, 0.345kg
  PartMeasured   overall
MultiMediaItems   Related multimedia content available for public use  
PlaceMade Id    


NB: in the process of developing the technical infrastructure and data structures to support this exhibition, we developed a model of 'interpretative data' - summarised date and place fields that allowed us to present a single item of visitor-friendly text for each.  This information is stored in our content management system, allowing us to record definitively accurate, nicely qualified dates and places in our collections management system.

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