Africa Media Online launches new collections management system


Ten years of evolving solutions have resulted in another release of MEMAT, Africa Media Online’s professional collections management system. Conforming very closely to the requirements of the Open Archival Information System (OAIS), the ISO standard for long term archiving of digital media, MEMAT is used by museums and archives to manage and present digital collections. As a professional system, it is suitable for use by independent heritage professionals as well as large institutions needing to manage media files in multiple locations.
The latest release, MEMAT 3.1 has added key features such as the ability to handle audio and multimedia or footage files as well as photographs.

Above: The Lightbox functionality on a MEMAT 3.1 site makes the compiling of media selections a pleasure.
MEMAT 3 includes the following basic features:
Digital Asset Management: You can store, manage metadata, organise, display and retrieve digital images, audio files and footage or multimedia files using IPTC and XMP standards that can be extended to work with xml based metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS. High res media files can be uploaded from anywhere in the world.
Managing your users: Integrated with a professional user management program – SugarCRM for managing visitors to your site. Users also have their own account page to track their activity on the site.
Security: Permission based interfaces allow you decide on the levels of access you give others to view, license and download your media.

Above: Viewing a gallery in CoolIris which also allows the gallery to be viewed as a slide show.
Advanced lightbox features: Site users can create, edit and view lightboxes and then email lightbox links and watermarked comps, as well as share, copy and move media files between lightboxes and lightbox users.
MEMAT History
The first version of MEMAT was launched in 2001. In 2005 the entire system was upgraded to MEMAT 2 using Open Source technologies, building on lessons learned in the first version. MEMAT 3.0 was another revision to make use of the latest Open Source technologies and was launched in 2009. Improvements in MEMAT 3 have resulted in the latest release of MEMAT 3.1
Africa Media Online has created a product based on its own experiences at the heart of the heritage and media industries with years of experience in developing and using photographic websites and running an extensive media library. We are also experts in large volume digitisation and digital work flow and MEMAT forms a crucial part of this work flow.

Above: MEMAT 3.1 enables you to work with internationally accepted metadata schemas ensuring that the work you do on your files on the MEMAT system is interoperable and exportable to other systems.
Improvements over MEMAT 3.0:

  • Ecommerce is now available with a flexible pricing calculator
  • You can select to give users access to downloading either high, medium, low or web res images.
  • User download information is stored in “My downloads” in the new “Account” section.
  • Extra functionality in the lightboxes
  • SugarCRM – MEMAT 3.1 is integration with a professional CRM tool
  • The option to have various media types – images, audio and footage

Official MEMAT 3 Website
MEMAT 3 Website Examples
Download the MEMAT 3 order form for details of pricing or to place an order for a MEMAT site.
MEMAT 3.1 Features
MEMAT 3.1 System Architecture