Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Egyptological Museum Search

Egyptological Museum Search
The Egyptological museum search is a PHP tool aimed to facilitate locating the descriptions and images of ancient Egyptian objects in online catalogues of major museums. Online catalogues (ranging from selections of highlights to complete digital inventories) are now offered by almost all major museums holding ancient Egyptian items and have become indispensable in research work. Yet the variety of web interfaces and of search rules may overstrain any person performing many searches in different online catalogues.
Egyptological museum search was made to provide a single search point for finding objects by their inventory numbers in major collections of Egyptian antiquities that have online catalogues. It tries to convert user input into search queries recognised by museums’ websites. (Thus, for example, stela Geneva D 50 is searched as “D 0050,” statue Vienna ÄS 5046 is searched as “AE_INV_5046,” and coffin Turin Suppl. 5217 is searched as “S. 05217.”) The following online catalogues are supported:
Short nameFull name
BerkeleyPhoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
Bibliotheca AlexandrinaBibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum
BMBritish Museum
BolognaThe Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna
BoltonBolton Museum
BostonMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
BrooklynBrooklyn Museum
BruxellesRoyal Museums of Art and History, Brussels
BudapestMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest
ClevelandThe Cleveland Museum of Art
DurhamOriental Museum, Durham University
FitzwilliamThe Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
GenèveThe Museum of Art and History of the City of Geneva
Glasgow HunterianHunterian Museum Archaeology & Ethnography Collections, Glasgow
LeidenNational Museum of Antiquities, Leiden (Egyptological museum search can search by both inventory and Leemans numbers)
Liverpool WMWorld Museum, National Museums Liverpool
Los Angeles County MuseumLos Angeles County Museum of Art
LouvreThe Louvre, Paris
ManchesterThe Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester
MMAThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
PhiladelphiaThe University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia
StockholmMuseum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm
SwanseaThe Egypt Centre Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Swansea University
TorinoEgyptian Museum, Turin
UCThe Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London
WaltersThe Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
WashingtonNational Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, Washington
WienThe Museum of Art History, Vienna
The tool can be used in two ways. First, one may use the online search interface. One may select the museum, enter the searched inventory number in the box, and press “Search.” Then the browser is redirected either to the object desription in the online museum catalogue or to a search results page on the museum website. Second, one may send HTTP GET queries to the Egyptological museum search in order to connect it to a one’s own online or offline application by creating query URLs of the following form:
http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=(Museum)&no=(Inventory number) 
In order to provide compatibility with other databases, which may use different designations of the museums, Egyptological museum search supports a number of aliases. Examples of query URLs:
http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=Leyden&no=D 127
http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art&no=56.136
http://static.egyptology.ru/varia/mus.php?museum=Turin&no=Suppl. 1287

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