I am running a number of projects related to the promotion of research and museum numismatic collections, development of resources, web-based tools and software for collecting, primarily focused on numismatics, however also covering other collecting areas.
Collection management suite development
The mission of this project is to develop a scalable cross-platform collection management suite to track the full scope of collection related processes ranging from collection organisation to purchases/sales and research management. The working prototype has been developed and has been in use for a number of years. At this stage, the objectives include:
- Conversion of MS Access-based prototype to a scalable cross-platform solution
- Mac OS application development
- iOS / Android application development
For this project I am looking for a reliable partner team who would be able to help develop the software and provide future version support.
Online coin identification tool development
The mission of this project is to develop an online coin identification tool based on visual comparison of the user photo with a master image of the coin in the database. The supporting database and the first version of the online tool have been developed.
The first version of the tool has been released in August 2023 and can be accessed here.
The next steps include:
Collection master data conversion and validation
This is an ongoing project with mission to digitise and translate a number of collection catalogs in public domain for further use in online tools and collection management suite. The support required in this area includes:
- Conversion of semi-structured and unstructured data to a structured format for further integration into a MySQL database.
- Translation of the existing collection master data into French, German, Italian, Russian, and Ukrainian
- Validation of the existing data for consistency and errors
Numismatic Description Schema (NUDS) integration
This is a planned project to integrate the Numismatic Description Schema (NUDS) standard into the existing Bein Numismatics collection object database schema. The NUDS standard is maintained by Nomisma (http://nomisma.org/nuds. Currently my database is constructed using the proprietary developed schema to suit my research and cataloging needs. As this database evolves, early integration of a data standard used by major museums and numismatics organisations becomes a priority.
Support for museums numismatic collections
The significance of the study and preservation of numismatic patrimony cannot be overstated. Coins can provide us with a wealth of knowledge about our history, culture and society. While coins, and money at large, clearly bear a functional economic purpose, I view them rather as objects of art and photographs of history captured in metal. Even in their base economic function, coins (money), in my worldview reflect the noblest concept of rewarding the human efforts, achievement and merit.
Promotion of research, safeguarding the knowledge of our history and culture has always been a heart-felt aspiration. At its foundation, lies a life motto that perhaps summarises my passion for numismatics: "Beauty creation and knowledge management". This echoes very closely the mission of numerous researchers and museum teams that dedicate their life to the study human history, art and culture. With this perspective, I am starting to embark on a journey to build collaboration and partnerships with museums that host numismatic collections in the area of early and feudal coinage of the states which existed on the present-day territories of Belarus, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.
The objectives of these projects are:
- promote the study of numismatics
- increase the availability of research and publications in additional languages
- highlight specific numismatic objects in museum collections and, finally
- raise a call to the numismatic community, business and organisations to provide support to the museum projects.
As a concrete project, I would like to invite you to support the National Museum of History of Ukraine (NMIU).
The NMIU is the main museum of Ukraine and represents the history of the territory of Ukraine from prehistoric times till present days. Its collections include the world-famous Scythian gold pectoral as well as one of the 12 Kievan Rus' zlatniks known in existence.
You can make a donation for the Charitable Foundation for Development of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine which raises money for new exhibitions, equipment and publications of the museum and reports on all funds received. The details about making a donation are provided by the museum on their website section dedicated to museum support information.
My role in this project is to simply promote this information. I am not an affiliated party to the museum and have no involvement into the donations. The donations should be arranged between you and the museum directly. This all about you making a choice to support the cause that means something to you personally. This is the case for me, and I have made a small donation to the museum in June 2022 as private individual.