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1 Providing Online Access to the HKUST University Archives: EAD to INNOPAC Sintra Tsang and K.T. Lam The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 7th Annual Hong Kong Innovative Users Group Meeting 11-12 December 2006

2 Outline Part I – HKUST University Archives – Access to University Archives Part II – EAD Project – EAD2III

3 Part I. University Archives HKUST University Archives – Mandate – The Formation Years – Retention Guidelines – Repository – Organization Access to University Archives – Digital University Archives – Finding Aids – Bibliographic Records

4 HKUST University Archives – Mandate To collect and preserve “legally important” and “historically valuable” materials including official papers, publications and agreements; internal planning documents; and major committee reports for the entire university community.

5 HKUST University Archives – The Formation Years Mandate from the Founding President Established in 1996 50+ visits and record surveys were conducted in the first year Acquired 100+ linear feet of materials

6 HKUST University Archives – Retention Guidelines


8 HKUST University Archives – Repository 600+ linear feet (200 book shelves) of materials – Administration records, agreements, floor plans, etc. – Artifacts: architectural model – University publications – 35,000 photos and slides

9 HKUST University Archives – Organization 60+ Record Groups and subgroups

10 HKUST University Archives – Organization

11 Access to University Archives Digital University Archives – PDF file of Individual document Finding Aid / Archival Inventory – A document describing the materials in a record group or subgroup Catalog Record – Bibliographic record of individual record group or subgroup

12 Access to University Archives – Digital University Archives Scope Database structure Highlights Impacts

13 Digital University Archives -- Scope Crucial administrative documents, e.g. – Senate meeting records – Committee / Task Force records Publications – Newsletters – Academic calendar – Congregation program – Press releases – Etc.

14 Digital University Archives -- Database Structure Document title Record group / series / folder Originating office Event date Project investigator Keywords Access group and level

15 Digital University Archives -- Highlights 18,400 documents in 136 record series Access control on restricted documents – Substantial customization to accommodate authentication Provide staff, administrators and alumni convenient access to administrative documents and publications – Full-text – Chinese and English search – Internet access

16 Digital University Archives -- Impacts Positive feedbacks Centralized database for all offices & departments Eliminate duplicate effort in building individual database for administrative records Encourage cooperation Being recognized

17 HKUST University Archives – Organization

18 Access to University Archives – Finding Aid A document describing a group of records originating from the same functional unit Descriptive standard: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) Encoding standard: Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

19 Access to University Archives – Encoded Finding Aid

20 Access to University Archives – Catalog Record AACR Ch. 4 Archives, Personal Papers, and Manuscripts : A Cataloging Manual (APPM)

21 A mapping from DACS elements to EAD tags and MARC21 tags Source:

22 A comparison of APPM, MARC, DACS and EAD Descriptive standardEncoding standard Catalog record APPM -- 1.5B1 Textual materials: 16.21 linear feet Electronic records: 6.3 megabytes MARC -- tag 300 300 |3Textual materials: |a16.21 |flinear feet 300 |3Electronic records: |a6.3 |fmegabytes Finding aid DACS -- 2.5.8 16.21 linear feet of textual materials, 6.3 megabytes of electronic records EAD -- 16.21 linear feet of textual materials, 6.3 megabytes of electronic records e.g. Physical description area

23 Access to University Archives – Summary 600+ linear feet of archival materials from 60+ offices

24 Part II. EAD and EAD2III EAD Project – Authoring Finding Aids in EAD XML schema – Publishing them to the Web EAD2III – Web-based application to automatically loading bibliographic data in EAD XML files to INNOPAC

25 EAD Project Before 2005 - University Archives Findings Aids were created and maintained as static web pages – No standardization on metadata schema – No standardization on content description – Not interchangeable with other systems, such as Library Catalog

26 EAD Project [2] Mid 2003 - Systems and Archives staff began to evaluate the feasibility of using EAD’s XML-based schema to encode our finding aids We evaluated: – EAD Cookbook 2002 for authoring and publishing finding aids [ ] – XMetaL and NoteTab Pro for creating and editing XML files

27 EAD Project [3] January 2005 – Migrated the authoring and web publishing of University Archives Finding Aids to the EAD environment – Based on software library and tools provided by the EAD Cookbook 2002, with local customization on its XSLT files – Purchased NoteTab Pro software for use by Archives staff

28 EAD Cookbook 2002 Library as seen in NoteTab Pro software - Note the EAD XML file in the editing window

29 EAD Project [4] EAD Cookbook 2002 with NoteTab Pro: Create or open an EAD XML file for editing Parse and validate the XML file Transform the XML file to HTML format Post the HTML version of the Finding Aids to web server Example of transformation: HTML version XML version

30 EAD Project [5] The customized versions of the XSLT files are available for download from HKUST Library’s Resource Sharing Pool

31 EAD2III Bibliographic records are created on INNOPAC for each Record Groups in the University Archives This cataloging effort is duplicating, because the bibliographic data is ready available in the EAD XML files created for the Finding Aids In need of a program to automate the loading of EAD bibliographic data to INNOPAC

32 EAD2III [2] EAD2III was developed in November 2006 to serve the need It is a web-based application that allows Archives staff to automatically: – extract the bibliographic data from an EAD XML file; – convert it into MARC (ISO 2709) format; and – load the MARC data stream to INNOPAC, via the “OCLC to INNOPAC Interactive Interface”




36 EAD2III [3] Interactive loading of record to INNOPAC is based on a technique we developed in 2003 for our Name Access Control Repository Project [] [ – There was need to interactively convert a NAC record to authority record in MARC format and automatically load it to INNOPAC EAD2III is Java-based, with Tomcat as servlet container, and XSLT

37 EAD2III [4] EAD2III Demonstration Will turn EAD2III into open source software and make it available in the HKUST Library Resource Sharing Pool, if others are interested in – We will use EAD2III framework to create yet another project for interactively loading bibliographic records obtained from external sources to INNOPAC. Stay tuned.

38 Thank You!

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