Museums & Archives

Re-thinking the exhibition

Imagine your doors are open 24/7

VITA brings your collections up close and personal for discovery everywhere.

Corsican Sugar Bowl

Corsican Sugar Bowl


Showcase oral histories, interpretive exhibits, and walking tours

  • Streaming Audio with Transcription
    Streaming audio player with chapter-level transcription makes oral histories come alive~users can keyword search and read along in real time
  • Multi-pin geography
    Tell history by location. Add multiple locations to any record and create walking tours or track family chronologies through space and time.
  • Customizable content
    Use simple embed codes to add interactive features like zoomified images, audio or video clips as part of any exhibit

Build & share community memories

  • Mystery Questions
    Don’t know something about an item? Just ask! The mystery question feature encourages users to share what they know.
  • User comments
    Whether they’re answering a question or simply thrilled to add some snippet of information they might have, your story will only grow with their help!
  • Community crowdsourcing
    People can upload their photos and stories and add collection items right on your site.

Local records, global discovery

No matter where you are, VITA optimizes your site for discovery, drawing new visitors to your online collection from all over the world.

  • Site analytics for traffic tracking
    Your online collection traffic is tracked by powerful analytics software. The colourful, comprehensive reports are great resources for encouraging donations, grants and other support.
  • Subscription & social media options
    Users from anywhere can subscribe to your collections, getting alerts whenever new items are added. The “share” feature means they can also toot your horn on their social media sites!
  • Cool views
    VITA’s technology means your collection can be discovered from anywhere and viewed in other cool applications like GoogleEarth, MapQuest, and more…

Map precise locations for powerful real-time viewing

Great for historic plaques, cemeteries, heritage buildings, and locating local events. Add location & pinpoint address so the public can interact and “visit” the site on their home browser. Take them there!

  • Add location screen

    Add international location

  • Pinpoint exact location

    Pinpoint exact location

  • Interactive public map

    Interactive public map

  • Collection results

    Bring together collection results

  • View results in Google Earth

    View results in Google Earth

  • Streeview historic locations

    Streeview historic locations

You have enough to do, this should be easy!

Data management includes authoritative terms, curatorial fields, and powerful content management features

  • Easy uploading
    Upload single, multiple and batches of files right from your desktop. Describe every object with media & item types, subjects & location, assign administrative information like donors, custodial history and terms of use, and more!
  • Descriptive data screen
    Include as much metadata as you want using the data entry templates. VITA’s agnostic accommodates common fields used by museums, libraries and archives all geared for end user discovery and internal collection management.
  • Public / non-public control
    Whether it’s part of an editing workflow or because you need to manage multiple files differently, you choose when and which records and files to make public.

Working alone? Working with others?

VITA is built for collaboration. Organizations of all sizes and types can work together using VITA to show individual, thematic, or regional collections.

  • Collaborative site
    Working with others? VITA provides collaborative project partners with custom site(s) and powerful collection management tools
  • Single museum site
    Don’t have a website? Whether you are working alone or with others, every individual museum can brand, display and manage their own sites, including “about” and extra web pages.
  • Thematic site
    Work with other organizations, combine your sub-collections and display them together in dynamic, thematic sites

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