Kennedy’s legacy informs and inspires world with help from Sitecore and Velir
ECM Plus – The John F. Kennedy Library has just completed a major digitisation project for the museum’s archives of hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs and sound recordings.
The content is now more accessible and useful for educational and public service, the Museum curators said.
CMS vendor Sitecore and Velir said that the contents of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library saw the launch of a new website using Sitecore’s software which helped the JFK Library’s Digital Archives go live last week.
In preparation for the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, the http://www.JFKLibrary.org website has been designed to improve access to some 200,000 pages of textual content, 1,500 images, as well as 1,250 files of audio recordings and moving images and even 340 telephone conversations.
According to the curators, the new website now offers the public access to the JFK archival assets with an enhanced search function for easier and faster access.
John Hawley, director of web development for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library’s Museum said: “We wanted to ensure that we created a virtual experience that made it easy for people from around the world to discover and access educational and inspirational content that has the power to inspire all generations. From a technology perspective, improved site navigation was a large focus of the website redesign. The website needed to be easy to navigate so that it properly showcased the newly available information. For example, the new search engine allows visitors to enter the word ‘moon’ and pull up virtually every document, tape, and speech related to JFK’s mission to land men on the moon.”
Sitecore and technology partner Velir collaborated using its Content Management System to customise the new JFKLibrary.org website and to integrate Sitecore’s CMS to enable online video, faceted search, and digital asset management.
The project, dubbed as “Access to a Legacy,” is the largest, most advanced digital archive created by a Presidential Library not “born digital”.
Among the documents include a handwritten version of Kennedy’s inaugural address and notes and tapes made during the Cuban missile crisis.