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Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
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Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
Ukad forum 21 march_2012_iams2
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  • 1. Launch of the Integrated Archives and Manuscript System (IAMS) Bill Stockting, Cataloguing Systems and Processing Manager (Scholarship & Collections) UKAD Forum: TNA, 21 March 2012
  • 2. Introduction Development of the Integrated Archives and Manuscript system (IAMS) at the British Library over the last 5 years has touched on many of the themes of today’s forum:  An innovative data model describing the material and related contextual entities  Migration of legacy data  User interface development  Provision of access to digital versions of the material Some success so CELEBRATION as well as looking to the future!
  • 3. Unique and Distinctive Collections Extensive collections of unique archives and manuscripts:  Manuscripts: Western, Oriental, Literary and Music  Records of India Office and its predecessors, and related private papers and manuscripts  Digitised collections from across the world as part of the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)
  • 4. IAMS Mission Statement To deliver a powerful, flexible integrated cataloguing and resource discovery system that will unite and broaden access to the British Library’s archives and manuscript collection and will provide standards compliant data for external co-operative projects
  • 5. Catalogue System
  • 6. Innovative Data Model Project & Collection s held by Persons, Families, Corporate Bodies created by Archives & Manuscripts Places, Subjects, Events, Titles have subjects Archive institutions acquired / funded by
  • 7. Legacy Data Migration Main phase of complex legacy migration now nearing completion – 1.5 million records migrated:  India Office Records: ISAD(G) compliant spreadsheets from A2A and other projects relatively straightforward to migrate  Western Manuscript Catalogues: A very different story...
  • 8. Migrating Western Manuscripts Catalogue: Stage 1 (late 1990s) Migration of published catalogues and indexes of Western Manuscripts... ...to Molcat : data held as WORD and converted to HTML for presentation
  • 9. Migrating Molcat: Stage 2 (2009-2012)
  • 10. User Interface Development http://searcharchives.bl.uk
  • 11. Supporting Access to Digitised Manuscripts and Archives http://searcharchives.bl.uk
  • 12. Success! Much progress then to achieving our mission:  Raised profile of collections and metadata as an a asset  IAMS now defined as a Master Metadata Repository  Advantages of flexible data model seen by other collection areas – photographs and philatelic  IAMS metadata used for discovery and delivery of digital content
  • 13. To do... Celebration but much still to do:  Further legacy migration: Oriental manuscripts  Retro-conversion of hardcopy catalogues/indexes with help of online communities perhaps  Integration with Library’s infrastructure for preservation and delivery of digital content  Open access to data
  • 14. Contact Bill Stockting: Cataloguing Systems and Processing Manager (Scholarship & Collections): william.stockting@bl.uk

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