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An introduction to the Archives Hub and information about creating archival descriptions for the online enviroment.

An introduction to the Archives Hub and information about creating archival descriptions for the online enviroment.



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  • Say a little bit about the principles behind the design of the site
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  • An introduction Contributor Workshop 2013
  •  JISC-funded service based at Mimas, The University of Manchester  In service since 2000  Over 27,000 collection descriptions  Over 230 repositories  Management and service team at Manchester  Development team at Liverpool  Software: Cheshire for Archives
  •  Strategic aim: build and enhance content  Meeting the needs of the UK research community  Meeting the needs of the wider community  Archives for education and research  Key aim to be comprehensive!  The success of the Hub is a reflection of the rich content available from Hub contributors
  •  Higher/Further Education  Specialist repositories  Charities  Royal Institutions  Museums and Libraries  Business archives  Many small archives  Some local authorities  We encourage institutions to contact us John Rylands Library, Manchester
  • Archives Hub homepage
  •  Very flexible: collection-level through to item-level  Software/searches effective with both  Complimentary approaches – contributors can include summary and detailed descriptions  Researchers ask for detail but also ask for us to be comprehensive!
  •      Google Blog Twitter Key conferences and events ….better cataloguing means better profile!
  •        Archives Portal Europe (route to Europeana) Genesis: exploratory project to share data AIM25: collaboration to improve interoperability TNA: links from the NRA and discussions about mutually beneficial activities UKAD: UK Archives Discovery Network Archives Wales Project Working with software providers, eg CALM/Adlib/KE/ICA AtoM
  •        Local search/retrieve setup Very similar to the Hub interface A lightweight approach using the Hub API Template solution – minimal customisation of design Hosted at Mimas – easy to maintain Hoping to go live early in 2014 Complex programming challenge!
  •  The browser provides a human user interface  Machine interfaces provide ways for machines to interact with the data  Enables more exposure and flexible access  The Hub has: ◦ SRU ◦ Z39.50 ◦ OAI-PMH
  •  EAD is XML for archives  We have EAD2002 (DTD)  Cheshire search engine searches and retrieves EAD descriptions  EAD is ISAD(G) compliant  We use indexing standards and strongly encourage contributors to add index terms
  •  All Hub descriptions have their own identifiers – a unique reference  Gives them their own web address  Enables bookmarking of content  Facilitates linking, e.g. from NRA  Enables exposure to Google
  • Keyword search Subject search Subject browse
  •    Hub takes your EAD descriptions and displays them using a stylesheet We can modify the stylesheet to display different fields EAD currently being revised (new version due 2015) so there may be some changes - but minimal disruption!