Cornucopia : Discovering UK Collections has been developed by MLA: The Council for Museums, Libraries and Archives. Cornucopia is a fully searchable online database of some 6,000 collections held by almost 2,000 cultural heritage institutions. It also allows those institutions to record and maintain collections descriptions and details using a Web-based direct data entry client. The site offers a 'quick search' (keyword) which returns an alphabetical list of museums where the collection-level description contains a match for the keyword. The full record for a museum includes address details; collection overview; brief description of the building; and any especially notable objects in the collection. Access is also provided by browse lists of People, Places, Subjects and Dates. An advanced search facility provides amongst other things a postcode based search and the option to search across other collections databases and Google concurrently using Web Services. Cornucopia data can be harvested via OAI-PMH and searched externally using SOAP. The site contains brief help pages, contact details and latest news. Details of the technical specification and development are also provided.


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