A new tool some archives might want to take a look at–Recollection: “a free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.”
The Recollection project is sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), a program of the Library of Congress. If you’re not familiar with them, NDIIP’s mission is to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations. As stated on the Recollection site: “In 2008, the NDIIPP partners shared content through a simple web page. In order to explore more useful tools and processes for sharing diverse content across partners’ collections, the Library began a pilot project in 2009 with Zepheira to develop an environment that can be used to collect and explore information about digital collections. The result is a software platform that we are calling Recollection.”
It looks pretty cool. You can learn more on their FAQ page, including how to get started, what kind of data you can import, how to get your data out, and what the system requirements are for using it. There’s also a screencast you can watch to learn more.