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  • 1. LIBR 281 - Assignment 3Tracy GuzaThe Seattle Public Library Century 21 Collection :Balancing Metadata Complexity, ProcessingExpediency and User Experience
  • 2. OverviewCentury 21, Photo by Werner Lenggenhager
  • 3. Century 21 CollectionOver 1000 photographs plus all manner ofephemera (menus, posters, maps,guidebooks, nifty stuff)Photos depict art and architecture as wellas documenting aspects of the 1962Seattle World’s Fair
  • 4. Project ConsiderationsResources - staff (cataloging, processing)CONTENTdmExisting SPL digital collectionsUser discovery
  • 5. Statement of ProblemImages : capturing photographerinformation as well as artist/architect,medium, size, etc. informationVRA Core scheme allows for descriptionof the image and the work itself usingelement set
  • 6. BackgroundCONTENTdmCollections The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collecti The Northwest Art Collection The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection
  • 7. BackgroundResources Three librarians work on digital collections One cataloging librarian dedicated to SpecialCollections One part-time student librarian
  • 8. Research QuestionWhat are the optimal metadata elementsrequired to capture the richest descriptiveinformation on the Century 21 collectionwhile balancing processing expediency?Will the metadata mix provide ampleretrieval for users?
  • 9. Literature Review : Image ProjectVIUS/Penn State Grant-funded project to develop a digital imagesystem “Super element set” with DC, VRA Core andsome specific admin data for ILS Ultimately, they chose CONTENTdm andmapped all elements to Dublin Core
  • 10. Literature Review : Image ProjectCornell University Faculty collections, three initial collectionsincluding images of ancient Greek inscriptions,anthropological research from Peruvian Andesand South Asian architecture VRA Core 4.0 Luna Insight collection software Workflow, metadata quality - arduous! Issues with controlled vs. local vocabulary
  • 11. Literature Review : Image ProjectColorado Digitization Project Union catalog merged diverse metadata fromparticipating organizations (EAD, MARC, DC,VRA) Dublin Core chosen as common denominator Created and used local vocabulary lists
  • 12. Literature Review : ResourcesGreene and Meissner’s MPLP Level of processing complexity should be inaccordance with staffing abilities and balancedetail with expediency User access is paramount
  • 13. Literature Review : InteroperabilityMany articles with the bottom line that onemust consider the end use - i.e. harvestingvia OAIster, OCLC when planningmetadata elementsDC wins againIssues with mapping DC to OAI to MARC
  • 14. Collection Review : UWCollections feature similar images, includearchitect field which maps to dc.creatorCONTENTdm = flatVRA Core = relationalDublin Core common denominatorXML = happy interoperability
  • 15. Final MetadataDublin CoreExtra creator fields for: Photographer Architect Artist Author
  • 16. Final MetadataSubject LCSH used Local controlled vocabulary with architectsDescription Can include more details on contractors andengineersBrowse by Helps users sort materials by building, topic
  • 17. DiscussionDesire for immediate access,interoperability and use of CONTENTdmCollaboration on metadata collectionOther supplementary tools - subject guide,architect spreadsheet, maps
  • 18. The Century 21 Digital CollectionHere is a sample of the collection:
  • 19. Fields and ElementsField Name Dublin Core ElementTitle TitlePhotographer CreatorArchitect CreatorArtist CreatorAuthor CreatorSubjects (LCSH) SubjectDescription DescriptionDate Date CreatedBrowse by NoneNotes DescriptionDate Digital NoneType TypeFile Format FormatMeasurements DescriptionDigitization Specifications DescriptionIdentifier IdentifierSource SourceCollection Relation (Is Part of)Rights Management RightsCopyright Status RightsContributing Institution None