The Online Heritage
Resource Manager or OHRM is a context based resource discovery and access
system that links creators, archival and heritage resources and published
materials within the one system.
The logical structure
of the OHRM, as illustrated below, is based around:
- capturing key information
about persons or corporate bodies in the Entity table;
- capturing key information
about archival resources in the ArcResource table;
- capturing bibliographic
citations of published resources, whether print, digital, online or offline
in the PubResource table; and
- capturing the relationships
of 'Entities' to other entities, archival and published resources in appropriate
'relationship' tables, i.e. RelatedEntity, Earrship and Eprrship.
From this database,
both static and dynamic HTML output can be generated to build a comprehensive
For more information on the OHRM, its conceptual underpinnings
and development plans, please explore the following papers:
- McCarthy, Gavan, 'Engineering Utility:
A Visionary Role For Encoded Archival Authority Information In Managing Virtual
And Physical Resources', paper presented at AusWeb99, the Fifth Australian
World Wide Web Conference, April 1999.
- McCarthy, Gavan,
and the Internet - Encoding Context Objects: Using Knowledge to Reduce Risks'
paper presented at the Australian Society of Archivists 1999 Conference,
Brisbane, July 1999.
- McCarthy, Gavan,
'Utilizing the Web to build a network of archival authority records', Janus,
vol. 1999.1, pp. 96-107.
- Evans, Joanne, 'Exploring
Bright Sparcs: creation of a navigable knowledge space', paper presented
at Charting the Information Universe, 13th National Cataloguing Conference,
Brisbane, 13-15 October, 1999.
- Bright Sparcs - An online
register of over 3,000 people involved in the development of science, technology
and medicine in Australia, including references to their archival materials
and bibliographic resources.
- Australian Science at Work
- A register of the many industries, corporations, research institutions,
scientific societies and other organisations that have contributed to Australia's
scientific, technological and medical heritage, with references to their
archival materials and a bibliography of their historical published literature.
- A Guide to Australian Business Records
- A gateway to Australia's business heritage.
- Australian Trade Union Archives
- A gateway for researchers and scholars of labour history, designed to link
together historical detail, archival resources, published material and current
information about Australian industrial organisations, mainly including trade
unions and also employer bodies..
- Australian Women's
Archive Project - a register of the papers of Australian Women.
- Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements
(ATNS) - an online gateway which links together current information,
historical detail and published material relating to agreements made between
indigenous people and others in Australia and overseas.
- Lost Lives - a project
commemorating the Second World War in the islands of New Guinea. Uses the
OHRM data structures for managing the data but presents the information in
a customised template.
- Chinese-Australian Historical Images in Australia - a catalogue of historical images of Chinese, Chinese immigrants and their descendants held in Australia. It primarily draws on the photographic holdings of the Chinese Museum but also includes photographs from other online archives, publications and private family collections. Built into the database is the beginnings of an encyclopaedia of Chinese-Australian history, complete with bibliography, which provides contextual information about the images in the database.
- Reason and Revolt - a collaborative project with scholars at Monash University and the University of Melbourne using the OHRM to map, register and digitise key documentary resources relating to the history of Australian radicalism.
- Australian Dictionary of Biography Online - the online publication of the Australian Dictionary of Biography uses the OHRM to manage the entries and relationships to archival and published resources. It has customised display templates and search functionality.
- eGold A Nation's Heritage - A State and Federal government funded collaborative project with Dr Andy Brown-May from the University of Melbourne School of Historical Studies to tell the story of gold in Australia through images, stories and multimedia interactives, connected to wider historical themes of global gold rushes, global migration flows, building the Australian nation and democratic change.
- Contact Ailie Smith for more information about the latest version of the OHRM.