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#1 suuusssiiieee

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:33 PM

Browsing through the Shetland Museum's terrible website, especially the photo collection side of things, i have to ask even when logged in does anyone know how to get a full size of the photo on your screen?

 

Frankly the website really is not fit for purpose, and to my knowledge hasn't ever been updated since the day it went live! :o



#2 MuckleJoannie

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 08:42 PM

I think they discontinued the full page photos a good number of years ago, probably to stop folk downloading pictures that they could sell. I suspect the site is one of many things that could do with a lot of money being spent on it but that money isn't available.


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#3 Skalavagr

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 05:37 PM

I emailed and asked them and apparently they upgraded their system and the curator wanted rid of the zoom feature which is why it is no longer there.



#4 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 08:26 PM

As the man said, you couldn't make it up....... :roll:

 

As a side note, I noticed the other day as I looked at the museum's four flag poles that they won't even acknowledge Shetland's historic connections with Norway and fly a Norwegian flag along with the others(Shetland, British, Scottish).

 

It seems they'd rather have a bare pole.

 

No "politics" there then..........



#5 suuusssiiieee

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

I had contacted them about the website aswell and the reply I got was there are no plans to update the website in the foreseeable future due to financial constraints.

Website's are expensive but I think iv'e seen sites with a beta setup that are better than the museum's one..

#6 Ghostrider

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:26 PM

They should have left it as it was when they launched it, that design and functionality pretty much covered all bases as reasonably as practically possible. Sometimes so-called 'improvement' are actually the opposite, they've 'improved' it twice, and each time, it has been excatly that, the opposite. As it stands the functionality is virtually useless, both for finding images for resource/information purposes, and for seeing if ones you do find contain coverage/detail enough to justify buying.

 

Then lets not get in to the debate over the fact that being a public museum, its contents, including photos, should be freely and fully available to the Shetland public to view and enjoy.....



#7 Ghostrider

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 12:28 PM

As a side note, I noticed the other day as I looked at the museum's four flag poles that they won't even acknowledge Shetland's historic connections with Norway and fly a Norwegian flag along with the others(Shetland, British, Scottish).

 

It seems they'd rather have a bare pole.

 

They couldn't possibly have a Norski flag there, thats the one for the EU flag, it was just doon an in da wash yun day. ;-)



#8 suuusssiiieee

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:14 PM

The thing is we know it's bad, they on the other hand are sadly in denial, that's the problem with this island, to many heads in the sand...literally!!

Edited by suuusssiiieee, 17 August 2017 - 11:16 PM.


#9 tirvaluk

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:51 PM

You can see the small versions of pictures on the website and then go to the museum and see the full photo and get a print if you like it. 



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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:46 AM

^ You could, but its a hell of a carry on, especially if you live in any of the isles, or are someone who has no need whatsoever to be in the town otherwise, when you could as easily see a low res full screen online like they had to begin with, and order up any you wanted online, all they're needing is to instal a PayPal button on the site.....

 

Anyway, it would still be no use as a resource/info source. A bit steep to be expected to pay their prices to buy high quality a copy, just to be able to have something to use for comparison against a photo you already have to ascertain approx dates of changes in an area etc.

 

It could be so much more....and I really dread to think the spinning that goes on in the graves of some of those photographers whose work is involved, given the attitude of the Museum management towards making their work accessible to the public. In all honesty they are behaving, and always have behaved like little kids with a new toy.....'Its, mine, mine, mine, and I'm only allowing you a quick look, on my terms, when I feel like it...." Its a real shame, but there you go, its the endemic attitude in so-called "public" services.


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Posted 18 August 2017 - 09:45 AM

You can see the small versions of pictures on the website and then go to the museum and see the full photo and get a print if you like it. 

 

You can copy the wee versions into Word, enlarge them to A4 size and copy as required.



#12 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 03:16 PM

I just want to be able to browse the library for enjoyment and a peerie, pokie image is of no use whatsoever.  You can see detail on the screen size photo that you simply can't on the 3x3/4x4' photo.

 

I agree wi Ghostrider - it's a shameful way to behave when the various collections were given in good faith for the pleasure of future generations.

 

I know people who have film and photos that are gold dust and they have no intention of giving it to the Shetland Museum because of the present attitude/situation.

 

In relation to the Norwegian flag being flown in recognition of wir historic ties and history, they should never need prodded to do it.

 

And to think that Queen Sonja even played a part in the official opening of the museum.........


Edited by Kavi Ugl, 18 August 2017 - 03:17 PM.

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#13 mikeyboy

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Posted Yesterday, 07:51 AM

Strange about the flag as all the Scandi nation flags were up just the week before.



#14 Kavi Ugl

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Posted Yesterday, 08:40 AM

Strange about the flag as all the Scandi nation flags were up just the week before.

 

That was just for Shetland Boat Week.

 

It's the main row of flag poles I'm talking about.

 

They'll probably come out with some excuse the fourth pole is used for "temporary flags"   :roll:


Edited by Kavi Ugl, Yesterday, 08:41 AM.


#15 Colin

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Posted Yesterday, 07:10 PM

 

Strange about the flag as all the Scandi nation flags were up just the week before.

 

That was just for Shetland Boat Week.

 

It's the main row of flag poles I'm talking about.

 

They'll probably come out with some excuse the fourth pole is used for "temporary flags"   :roll:

 

Like the Union Jack (hopefully)