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1 Accessing treasure on lands and peoples Peter Burnhill Director, EDINA, University of Edinburgh

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3 Inspired by a Keynote remark by Professor Gillies …

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5 Credits: who planned the dive & dived the wreck The team within EDINA: Des Reid, Senior Software Engineer Dimitrios Sferopolous, Software Engineer Neil Mayo, Software Engineer Jackie Clark, Web Designer led by Christine Rees, Head of Bibliographic & Multimedia And those to whom we all owe lots: (in Centre for Research Collections, IS Library & Collections) Kirsty Stewart (project manager and archivist) Lesley Bryson nee Doig (initial project manager) Grant Buttars, Deputy University Archivist Andrew Wiseman, Researcher, TEI expert Donald William Stewart, Senior Project Researcher led by Arnott Wilson (University Archivist) & John Scally (University Collections)

6 A treasure to be unlocked

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8 Digital Library has mixed parentage - a re-mix of the document tradition & the computation tradition approaches based on a concern with documents, with signifying records: archives, bibliography, documentation, librarianship, records management, and the like … [Domain knowledge speak] approaches based on uses of formal techniques, whether mechanical (such as punch cards and data-processing equipment) or mathematical/computational (as in algorithmic procedures). [Software engineer speak] Prof. Michael Buckland, Presidential Address, American Society for Information Science, JASISs 50th (1998) http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~buckland/asis62.html Languages & Perspectives

9 Heard report on work from the Dive Team On from the marvels of reading and interpreting of marks on paper of the notebook entries … and the meticulous transcription into machine-readable text … and their tagging using Encoded Archival Description (EAD) with text in XML format* * * mark-up that software can process more easily

10 Example of the XML EAD data (1) GB 237 Coll- 97/CW114/42 CW102-121 Song about Uamh-an-Oir, accompanying story and notes 1867 Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections folio 67v, line 17 to folio 68r, line 4


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