Archives Hub introduction 2013

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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
  • Very important development. Talk about exposure to Google.
  • Archives Hub introduction 2013

    1. 1. An introduction Contributor Workshop 2013
    2. 2.  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
    3. 3.  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
    4. 4.  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
    5. 5. Archives Hub homepage
    6. 6.  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!
    7. 7.      Google Blog Twitter Key conferences and events ….better cataloguing means better profile!
    8. 8.        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
    9. 9.        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!
    10. 10.  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
    11. 11.  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
    12. 12. archiveshub.ac.uk/isadg
    13. 13. archiveshub.ac.uk/mandatoryfields
    14. 14. archiveshub.ac.uk/cataloguingtips
    15. 15.  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 archiveshub.ac.uk/identifiers
    16. 16. Keyword search Subject search Subject browse
    17. 17.    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!
    18. 18. archiveshub.ac.uk archiveshub@mimas.ac.uk archiveshub.ac.uk/blog twitter.com/archiveshub

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