eScholarship Research Centre (formerly the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre)

Online Heritage Resource Manager (OHRM)

Papers | Implementations

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.

Logical Structure of the OHRM

From this database, both static and dynamic HTML output can be generated to build a comprehensive web resource.

OHRM Papers

For more information on the OHRM, its conceptual underpinnings and development plans, please explore the following papers:

OHRM Implementations

  • 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.

OHRM Availability

  • Contact Ailie Smith for more information about the latest version of the OHRM.

Published by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre on AustehcWeb
Updated 15 March 2007