The Natural History Museum in Kensington is bringing dinosaurs into the digital age.
The museum has chosen Informix Universal Server for a multimedia database which will hold details of its 68 million natural history specimens. The database will also hold some one million books, 350,000 items of artwork and 5,000 maps.
The museum's building in South Kensington only has space to exhibit 10,000 items. The new database means scientific researchers and museum curators will have access to information on exhibits that are locked away in storage.
Using Informix, the new database is able to integrate Web, video, photographic, audio and textual information. Museum staff will be able to view information held on the database through a network of 700 PCs. The database will also provide links to schools and eventually become available to the general public.
David Cole, IT strategy manager at the Natural History Museum, said Informix Universal Sever was selected because it provided a single, scalable database.
It is being built by system integrator Protek, using a range of languages and tools, including C++, the Informix New Era RAD (rapid application development) environment and tools shipped with Universal Server.
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