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1 Where museums, libraries, and archives intersect When worlds collide…. Ricky Erway, Digital Resources Manager, RLG VRA Annual Conference -- March 8, 2005 Session 5: Metadata: View from the Trenches

2 RLG – Where Museums, Libraries, and Archives Intersect

3 Often an orderly process

4 Sometimes a bit more confusing

5 And sometimes things go wrong

6 With disastrous outcomes

7 RLG Cultural Materials – Where Museum, Library, and Archival Metadata Collide  Many types of contributors  Many different reasons for metadata creation  Many different practices  Minimal susceptibility to outside influence

8 RLG Cultural Materials 101  Alliance formed in 1999  Resource available since Nov. 2001  Today the resource contains 107 collections from 34 contributors  230,000 works, representing 3/4M digital items  Available by institutional subscription

9 What do contributors contribute?  We thought we’d get a number of standards and practices  What we really get  So what do we do?  And why?…

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11 Data conversion for Cultural Materials  Analyze the data,  Convert to XML, if necessary  Derive a URL list for image collection from the descriptive records and processing the images  Map to the Cultural Materials schema and creating a specification  Convert via XSLT  Verify against the schema, image validation

12 Conversion objectives  Normalize work types  Derive item-level information  Separate places, names, and topics  Atomize data  Provide sort and display versions

13 Challenges (1 of 3)  Normalization of required elements  Inheritance from collection- or series-level information  Subjects example 1 – Jackson County (Ind.) – Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Poetry – Land titles--Kentucky--Shelby County  Subjects example 2 – cloth, emery – Bath, Maine, manufacturing – Cook, Rymes & Co., Agents – Chase, Geo. W., Agent

14 Challenges (2 of 3)  Atomizing data example 1 – EAD Poston, Ariz.--Florence Mori, evacuee of Japanese ancestry at this War Relocation Authority center, taking part in this CBS broadcast. Chet Huntley of the CBS is directing the program. Photographer: Clark, Fred. Poston, Arizona. 5/26/42  Atomizing data example 2 – Photograph of painting, b/w, 16.5 x 11.5 cm. – Photograph of print: Engraving, b/w, 13 x 11 cm. – Print: Engraving, color, 11.5 x 9 cm. – Photograph of drawing, b/w  Atomizing data example 3 Thomson, William, Professor (1824-1907) Sir William Thomson from 1866 and Ist Baron Kelvin of Largs from 1892 better known as Lord Kelvin

15 Challenges (3 of 3)  Deriving sort forms – Boudreau, James C., Florence H. Fitch and Elmer A. Stephan – Snow, Bonnie E.; Froehlich, Hugo B. – Woolworth, Ainsworth & Co. – Perry, Walter Scott, et. al., eds.  Dealing with inconsistency – "1867, Jan." – 1875-01

16 Ideal data  Standards-based XML  Use of data value standards indicated  Granular, differentiated – and labeled!  Consistency

17 “[These guidelines] can inform and be used by a wide range of projects that depend on good metadata. [It] begins with defining terminology, then moves on to guidelines for data fields and structure, data content and values, data formats, and core descriptive fields … the section on data conversion for RLG Cultural Materials … is a fascinating look at the kinds of metadata transformations that are required to create a sensible union catalog. This document is chock-full of excellent advice, useful examples, and hard-won metadata wisdom. It should be required reading for anyone working with metadata." - Roy Tennant in Current Cites, January 2005 Descriptive Metadata Guidelines http://www.rlg.org/en/page.php?Page_ID=214

18 It can be confusing at times….

19 It’s a trip worth taking together

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