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Fujitsu Introduces Musetheque v4, a Management System for Museums and Digital Archives

Upgrade enhances management and publishing of collection information

Fujitsu Limited

Tokyo, July 08, 2014

Fujitsu today announced the release of version 4 of FUJITSU Education Solution Musetheque, a management system for museums and digital archives. The upgrade, available from today, significantly strengthens management and publishing of a collection's information.

This latest upgrade improves usability, and is compatible with mobile devices. It also offers greater flexibility in the form of hierarchical structures for data management and managed items. These enhancements make the collections-management process more efficient as the solution is able to respond to different needs with more flexibility. They also make it easy to apply the solution to library collections and public records offices, in addition to museum collections.

Options include a standard screen design package and a feature enabling searches of published collections information via the internet or through the smart devices of visitors. These options can be used to quickly build a reliable information-publishing environment.

Moreover, the solution's system architecture makes it easy to switch between languages for object names, on-screen guidance, and other messages displayed on the administrative screens and information-publishing screens used by curators. This simplifies publishing of global information and the transmission of information from locations outside of Japan.

The Mie Prefectural Museum has been taking full advantage of an early release of Musetheque v4 since it first opened on April 19, 2014.

Museums and similar institutions maintain large collections upon which they conduct studies and research. With growing awareness of the risks that these collections can be lost or damaged by natural disasters, museums are increasingly working to digitize information on their collections.

Fujitsu first began offering Musetheque in 1999. Musetheque is a collections-management system that provides centralized management and publication of all types of collections-material information, including photos, videos, and text. It is used by some 50 national museums, art galleries, and archive institutions in Japan today. Fujitsu developed Musetheque v4 through consolidating the know-how and requirements learned through deploying and operating these systems for its customers.

About Musetheque v4

  1. Improved ease of use

    Fujitsu has focused on making the product more visually appealing and easier to use, with an emphasis on universal design. With a design that users can intuitively grasp, toolbars, and "roll-up" object groups, the user interface makes more effective use of the screen.

  2. Mobile-device compatibility

    The new version supports HTML5(1), making it more accessible to mobile devices and web browsers. For instance, curators or others can look up information on an object using a tablet, while looking at the object itself in the museum, and store information about it in the system.

  3. Enhanced image-management functions

    Images of items in the collection intended for online publication can be automatically watermarked(2) to discourage misuse of those images, allowing museums to publish online with greater peace of mind. This completely eliminates the labor that had been involved in applying watermarks to images, significantly lightening staff workload. The software also comes with a feature that enables specific parts of an image to be zoomed-in and displayed quickly in high-resolution.

  4. Practical improvements for specific purposes

    Compared to previous versions, the upgrade enables even more flexibility with information management as it adds such new features as range value-type(3) and lunar calendar-type date management, including for leap months. And because data can be managed using hierarchical structures, this version can be more readily applied to public-records management.

  5. Optional package for publishing functions

    Options include a standard screen design package and a feature enabling searches of published collections information via the Internet or through the smart devices of visitors. These options can be used to quickly build a reliable information-publishing environment.

  6. Multilingual support

    The solution's system architecture makes it easy to switch between languages for object names, on-screen guidance, and other messages displayed on the administrative screens and information-publishing screens used by curators, thereby making it easy to handle global information publication and the transmission of information from locations outside of Japan.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and Availability
Product Name Price (excl tax) Shipment
FUJITSU Education Solution Musetheque v4 By quotation Immediate

Sales Target

Approximately one hundred installations by end of March 2017 (Fujitsu's fiscal year ends the last day of March).


  • [1] HTML5

    The fifth version of HTML, the standard markup language for documents on the web.

  • [2] Watermark

    A technology for embedding certain information in visual data with minimal effects on image quality.

  • [3] Range values

    A field format that enables text strings and dates or other values that cover ranges to be managed and searched. Can be used for the date that a specimen or object of antiquities was collected or excavated, as well as the dates of exhibits, for example.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 162,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$46 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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Date: 08 July, 2014
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited

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