what is panOpticon?
Manage Images in the Cataloging Tool
Images of works in the catalogue, images appearing in commentaries, and supplementary images are uploaded with the easy-to-use image management tools in the interface.
Index Page | All works in the Catalogue
The Index of cataloged works displays a list of all works with thumbnails, 50 records at a time, along with ways to filter, sort, search and navigate through selected data sets.
A Complete Catalogue Record
A full entry contains four sections (at left), each linked to its own input/editing screen. To the right is a preview of the information to be published.
Input Screen | Description
Description contains information about an object’s characteristics and attribution. Data entered to the left is configured, formatted, and displayed correctly styled at right.
Save Lists | Create Reports | Export and Print
It is essential that a cataloging tool be able to generate reports and other types of documents—to enhance management, allow for editing, and enable sharing and communication. There are a number of ways to configure information to print, or save, or export, or send as email attachments.
The cataloging tool contains an authoring environment so that texts can be kept in the database, edited, and managed along with everything else.
Look at Data Using Filters
Filtering data is a very effective way to "see" what's in the database while working. In this case filtering reveals the numbers of exhibitions held at each location that have been entered in the database.
Link each work in the catalogue to the exhibitions along with its catalogue or checklist number, illustration, alternate titles if any, and lender’s name.
Exhibitions | Gallery View
Each exhibition record displays thumbnails of the works shown in checklist order—uniformly displayed or in relative size.
Choose a Literature Type
Since the tool formats and styles literature citations automatically, the cataloger is prompted to select a literature type when creating a new Literature Record.
Attach Works to Published Reference
Each published reference contains a link to the works mentioned, where in the reference they’re cited, if illustrated, and an alternate title if any.
Intrinsic Relationships | A Sketchbook
Each sheet in this sketchbook (43 in all) has its own separate catalogue record, however the tool provides the opportunity to group them together and "leaf" through them in the order in which they were made.
Extrinsic Relationships | An Archives Stockbook
Archival materials such as these Vollard stockbooks are entered into separate tables and linked to the corresponding records in the catalogue.
Examination and Conservation Reports
The X-radiograph overlay at left reveals the canvas and stretcher bars along with early brushwork. Reports may contain texts as well as images.
Digital Archives | Documents
In this letter to his patron Joseph Stevens, the painter Fitz Henry Lane refers to his sketch of Stage Rocks and Western Shore of Gloucester Outer Harbor currently in the Cape Ann Museum's collection.
Store Supplemental Materials
Here a separate table devoted entirely to sailing vessels of Northern Massachusetts is filled with period photos and documentation. The New England Boat (square-sterned type) was a common work boat found in Gloucester throughout the 1800s.
Link Supplemental Materials to Works in the Catalogue
Given that the tool is really a series of relational databases, there’s virtually no limit to the kinds of supplementary material that can be stored and linked to the catalogue.
Create Instructional Frameworks for End-Users
People, activities, sailing ships, buildings and wharf structures are all brought to life graphically using artwork as the key. Navigate to the database of sailing ships by clicking on the numbered image or by clicking links in an article.
Use Your Catalogue for Research and Interpretation
Our database structure reveals so much more that your catalogue can be used as a tool for research and interpretation. Keep this in mind when you publish, since the possibilities of engaging the end user effectively increase exponentially.
Engage End-Users with Interactivity
A database with this kind of complexity enables you to construct a public showcase for your content that needn't stop with the conventional website. The database can feed animated and interactive sites, ePublications, kiosks, etc.
It is a dream tool –
We have been working with panOpticon for a few years in the compilation of
the Sam Francis catalogue raisonné of unique works on paper
and can’t imagine a more perfect system for this process.
Director / Interim President, Sam Francis Foundation
Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné
panOpticon is an intuitive Content Management System specifically designed to create a catalogue raisonné.
Our Software follows cataloguing best practices as recommended by leading members of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association • we refer to the Visual Resources Association guidelines for describing cultural works and images • we use The Chicago Manual of Style as a guide in formatting texts.
And we work continuously with professional art cataloguers to improve and update our product’s features and protocols.
panOpticon is behind these catalogues –
Fitz Henry Lane
John F. Folinsbee
John Singer Sargent
- Our Software is web-based, so it can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection.
- Since the Software resides online and is accessed through an ordinary web browser, no particular system requirements are needed.
- Only one License is necessary.
- The Software is password protected with different levels of access for other users that are entirely under your control.
- Depending on what you need, we have three different Software packages to choose from.
- If you have data, we can convert and migrate yours to fit our database structure. We convert most data formats. You lose nothing in the process.
- We can work with you to modify our product to meet the demands of a specific artist or to accommodate a particular kind of content.
- We don’t host your catalogue; our customers purchase a web-hosting package with an outside vendor if they don’t already have one. We can walk you through the process. When you’re ready, we upload the Software and the database with its new contents to your host server.
- The web host regularly backs up your database. Some hosts charge a little extra, but most include backups in the price. We make sure that backups are running periodically. If you ever need a previous version of the database reinstalled, we can do that for you, or let you know how it can be done within the web-host’s site.
- We can help you register a domain name if you don’t already have one.
- We will train your staff, interns, and anyone else who will be using the Software in on-site and/or remote tutorials.
- Call for assistance during regular business hours, or get support via email. Apart from whatever support you need from us, there’s no need for IT involvement—it’s an entirely do-it-yourself enterprise!
- And when you are ready, you can use your data to design for print, or we can work with you to create a website that takes full advantage of your content.
Seeing is believing: arrange for an online demonstration.