Archeion workshops, March 2012

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Archeion workshops, March 2012

  1. 1. Archeion Workshop Amanda Hill Archeion Coordinator
  2. 2. ARCHEION
  3. 3. Archeion• Ontario’s archive information network• Established in 1999• Holds over 8,000 fonds- and collection-level descriptions from more than 70 institutions across Ontario• One of a network of provincial systems feeding in to ArchivesCanada• Major upgrade in 2011 with a move of all existing information to ICA-AtoM software
  4. 4. Old ARCHEION combined creator information with fonds description Information aboutArchival creator(s)description Information about records
  5. 5. Institutional information held elsewhere Information about creator(s) Archival institutions Information about records Held on AAO siteHeld in ARCHEION
  6. 6. New Archeion’s structure Archival institutions Online displayArchival descriptions Record creators
  7. 7. Standards-based records• ISDIAH – International Standard for Describing Archival institutions Institutions with Archival Holdings• RAD – Rules for Archival Archival descriptions Description• ISAAR-CPF – International Standard for Archival Authority Records - Record creators Corporate, Personal, Family
  8. 8. Easy to update All these Archival institutionsrecords can Archival descriptionsbe edited by Archeion Record creatorscontributors
  9. 9. CREATING ARCHEION RECORDS:INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
  10. 10. Institution records (ISDIAH)• Minimal records at the moment – Name of institution – Contact details• Can hold a lot of quite detailed information: – Opening hours – Accessibility – Collecting policy…
  11. 11. Form-based data entry
  12. 12. Click on headings to open section
  13. 13. CREATING ARCHEION RECORDS:AUTHORITY RECORDS
  14. 14. Authority records (ISAAR-CPF)• Records describing people, organizations, families who created records or were the subject of them• Created using Biographical sketch/Administrative history fields from existing ARCHEION records• Can hold additional information, allowed for by the ISAAR-CPF standard
  15. 15. Check existing authority files• Import from ARCHEION usually worked fine, but occasional issues• If there was more than one creator associated with a fonds, the biographical/admin information might have been linked with the wrong one
  16. 16. Authority file import issues• Biographical information was overwritten if a name appears more than once – Not a problem within a single repository – Can be an issue if an archive creator is represented in more than one repository – Or if records for a single individual exist in both English and French versions• Check your own descriptions for anomalies – Original EAD records from the old system have been retained and information can be retrieved from them, if needed
  17. 17. Creating new authority files• Log in to Archeion
  18. 18. Authority record editing screen
  19. 19. Mandatory fields• Type of entity – Corporate body, Family or Person• Authorized form of name• Dates of existence – Put dates here rather than in the name field• Description identifier – Leave this blank unless you have a local identifier for name authority files
  20. 20. Other important fields• Other forms of name – E.g. maiden names, pseudonyms• History – Narrative (equivalent to RAD Biographical Sketch/Administrative History)• Language – Record the language of the authority file• Source – Record any printed or online sources used in creating the authority record
  21. 21. Relationships• Separate authority files can be linked to more than one archival description, saving duplication of information Record creator Archival Archival description description
  22. 22. Relationships between creators• Links can also be made between authority files Person Organization Member of Predecessor of Family Organization
  23. 23. Categories of relationship• Hierarchical – Superior/subordinate, owner of/owned by• Temporal – Over time, e.g. predecessor/successor• Family• Associative – Any other sort of relationship between entities
  24. 24. Links between authority files• A link between two authority records can be made in either record• Once established, the link will automatically appear in the other file
  25. 25. Tips for authority files• Check that the person/family/organization isn’t already in the system before you start creating one• You can edit existing authority records, even if you did not create them, but you can’t delete them – Think of the authority files as a community resource – Don’t get too possessive about them • We don’t want any Wikipedia-style editing wars• Once you click ‘Create’, the authority file record is live on the Archeion website and visible to Google, even if you have marked it as a draft
  26. 26. CREATING ARCHEION RECORDS:ARCHIVAL DESCRIPTIONS
  27. 27. Archival descriptions• Form is designed to reflect the fields in the Rules for Archival Description• ‘Archeion for Archivists’ manual acts as a RAD- refresher for the fields required by Archeion• It is easier to create authority files for creators of archives before you start on the archival description
  28. 28. Mandatory fields• Title proper • Physical description• Level of description • Scope and content• Repository • Language (of materials)• Name of creator • Restrictions on access• Date • Finding aids
  29. 29. Creation fields
  30. 30. Creation fields
  31. 31. Dates of creation area
  32. 32. Access points• Archeion now has a place-name gazetteer and a list of (very general) subject headings• Start typing a place name or subject and choose it from the drop-down list to add it to your description
  33. 33. Publishing descriptions• Possible rights in relation to archival descriptions: – Create – Edit – Delete – Publish• You will generally only have the right to edit, create, delete and publish your own institution’s descriptions• Rights are customizable for each user of Archeion• Your institution must be an institutional member of the Archives Association of Ontario
  34. 34. Tips• You do not have to complete your description in one sitting• Save your work at any time by clicking the Create button at the bottom of the editing window (it then becomes a ‘Save’ button)• An archival description is not visible to the public (or to search engines) until you change its status from ‘draft’ to ‘published’• You can edit your description at any time, before or after publication, to correct it or add new information
  35. 35. More tips• Be concise• Put key information at the start of longer text fields, particularly: – History of person/family/corporate body – Scope and content• Remember you are writing for a global audience – The reader is (probably) not in your building
  36. 36. Remember In your first sentence… world-wide context…• Include the name, birth and death dates, major occupation, and geographical area of the creator(s) in the biographical sketch/ administrative history. – Adam Lindsay Webb (b. 1879) was a physician who practised in Brighton, Ontario.• Give a single sentence overview in the scope and content note. – Fonds consists of photocopies of records created and received by A.L. Webb, primarily relating to his medical practice.
  37. 37. Pitfalls• Be careful when linking your description to your institution and to creators• It’s easy to accidentally create a new institution or a new creator if you don’t click on the existing one• Just type a few characters, not the whole name, then click on the name in the list
  38. 38. Adding lower levels of description
  39. 39. Display of lower levels
  40. 40. Information needed at lower levels • Some details are inherited from the fonds or collection description• You don’t need to add: • You do need: – Repository – Title – Creator (unless different – Dates of creation from top level) – Physical description – Custodial history – Scope and content – Finding aids – (anything which is the same for the whole fonds)
  41. 41. Adding digital objects• Digital materials can be added to archival descriptions at any level – You might want an image at fonds- or collection-level to represent the whole group of records – Or you could associate a digital object from a description of an item• You can either upload objects to Archeion (cost implication) or link to objects hosted elsewhere (free)
  42. 42. Adding digital objects
  43. 43. Adding digital objects
  44. 44. Costs• Artefactual will provide hosting space for digital objects• AAO will pay for 1 gigabyte of storage space for institutional members• Any additional space will be paid for by institutions to Artefactual
  45. 45. DEMO
  46. 46. Coordinator contact details• Amanda Hill• archeion@aao-archivists.ca• 416-929-4447
  47. 47. Help build our community resource!

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