me™ forms Technology Partnership with Vernon
Digital Asset Management and Collection Management come together with lookat.me™ and Vernon CMS
Vernon Systems, a leading provider of software for Collections Management, has joined the Media Equation join.me™ partner program to offer an integrated solution for Collections Management and Digital Asset Management. This popular cataloguing tools used in museums, galleries and cultural heritage sites, now can easily be integrated with lookat.me™ to link digital assets with their corresponding archival collection catalogue record. This extends both companies’ objective to provide institutions with meaningful ways for people to share and discover collections online.
The partnership allows Vernon and me™ to work together on a powerful integrated solution. lookat.me™ can run as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution with a low cost of deployment, no software installation and a rapid time to market. This partnership is an acknowledgement of the growing, global interest shown by museums, galleries and libraries to manage their digital assets appropriately. According to CMS Watch ‘A piece of content does not become an asset until it has been classified, indexed, versioned, secured, stored, possibly reformatted or canonicalized in some way, and (typically) assigned a lifecycle state, a unique ID, and an owner. These are the things that make a piece of content an asset.’
Vernon CMS applies professional standards in collection management practice. It is the result of careful research and skilful development by Vernon Systems, a team of museum and IT professionals committed to promoting excellence in collection management solutions. lookat.me™ from me™ is the product of a focus on creating partnerships with museum professionals and to refining and developing their systems, in order that an institution may enhance access, visibility and community engagement; plus develop and maximise the value of its heritage collection and better manage its resources.
Both Vernon and me™ have already demonstrated their commitment to the Cultural Heritage sector, exemplified by the fact that they are SPECTRUM Partners.
Speaking from Vernon’s corporate headquarters in Auckland, NZ, Paul Rowe, Joint CEO said: “This partnership helps address the increasingly complex requirements of information management in the cultural heritage sector. We look forward to working with me™ to develop new solutions for managing digital assets.”
Rus Littleson, Managing Director of me™ added, “The integration of lookat.me™ with Vernon CMS will enable galleries, libraries and museums to manage all of their collections, both physical and digital. Importantly this will enhance access, visibility and community engagement, develop and maximize the value of heritage collections and better manage resources."
Vernon is a New Zealand-owned company renowned for innovative software solutions and sound product support. Vernon Systems is at the forefront of information management in the museum and gallery context. The company provides Vernon CMS to over 150 clients worldwide, with thousands of individual users. Vernon maintain strong links within the museum and art gallery community, keeping abreast of current developments, protocols and initiatives.