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First World War Canadian       Nurses LettersNatalie Crenna: Content CollectionLora Hamilton: MetadataHeather MacFadyen: G...
Audience• General interest/wartime enthusiasts• Those seeking Canadian historical wartime  content (Research conducted for...
Collection Process• Open access archives with digital content• Personal webpages created by family members of  those in th...
Metadata• Dublin Core which involved overriding extracted  metadata• Developing fields occurred in two phases   – Initial ...
Metadata Issues• First time: Metadata not conducive to structure; too broad• Second time: connected metadata fields with s...
Design Decisions• Based on Gerald Moira triptych—a commissioned  piece of Canadian war art• Atypical colour palette for si...
Overall Structure• Browsing classifiers functioning as primary  navigation  – Letters  – Locations  – Subjects  – Photogra...
Access Goals• Present each nurses writing as coherent  whole• Provide access to photographs in context as  well as separat...
Letters by Nurse• dc.Creator used to bring letters together• dc.Coverage added in formatting statement
Letters by location• dc.Coverage used to bring places together• dc.Creator added in formatting statement
Letters by Subject• dc.Subject used to bring letters together• Context appropriate bookshelf icon
Photographs• Tricky to construct usable access• Other classifiers – suppress link to original  and display only HTML versi...
Photographs• Created new metadata sub-element for  Photographer• Formatting statements to remove  Greenstone HTML
Search• Indexes match browsing  classifiers• Formatting statements used  to remove links to originals• Photograph search n...
A Sample Letter• Difficulty of suppressing  white background  created by inline styles  inherited from  converted Word  do...
Problems Encountered• Steep learning curve• Relationship of various elements that generate  dynamic and display content no...
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First World War Canadian Nurses’ Letters

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About: The First World War Canadian Nurses’ Letters is a collection of letters and journals composed by four Canadian nurses during the First World War.

Team: Natalie Crenna, Lora Hamilton, Heather MacFadyen

Published in: News & Politics, Education
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First World War Canadian Nurses’ Letters

  1. 1. First World War Canadian Nurses LettersNatalie Crenna: Content CollectionLora Hamilton: MetadataHeather MacFadyen: Greenstone ImplementationNovember 30, 2011
  2. 2. Audience• General interest/wartime enthusiasts• Those seeking Canadian historical wartime content (Research conducted for both academic and public use)• Canadian genealogical research (family/friend connections, soldier/nurse relations, locations of service)• Women studies/gender roles/ female professions in the early 20th century• Approaching centenaries will generate interest
  3. 3. Collection Process• Open access archives with digital content• Personal webpages created by family members of those in the service• Public domain resources from reliable locations• Key challenges: – Family-owned content – Inconsistencies in published materials
  4. 4. Metadata• Dublin Core which involved overriding extracted metadata• Developing fields occurred in two phases – Initial pass: too broad – Second pass: created with final presentation of collection in mind; more robust• DC elements of contention – dc.coverage vs. dc.subject – dc.date – dc.contributor vs. dc.creator – rights management (giving credit where due)
  5. 5. Metadata Issues• First time: Metadata not conducive to structure; too broad• Second time: connected metadata fields with structure of collection – Better description of resources – More robust structure• Discarded content – Digital content under copyright despite the original content being in public domain.• Creating searchable, robust images is time consuming; limiting content was practical
  6. 6. Design Decisions• Based on Gerald Moira triptych—a commissioned piece of Canadian war art• Atypical colour palette for site with military associations• Removed most of the default images and colours• Royal Red Cross Medal (established 1883) ribbons used as basis for new bookshelf icon
  7. 7. Overall Structure• Browsing classifiers functioning as primary navigation – Letters – Locations – Subjects – Photographs• Search indexes match primary navigation categories
  8. 8. Access Goals• Present each nurses writing as coherent whole• Provide access to photographs in context as well as separate items• Provide additional access points by location and subject
  9. 9. Letters by Nurse• dc.Creator used to bring letters together• dc.Coverage added in formatting statement
  10. 10. Letters by location• dc.Coverage used to bring places together• dc.Creator added in formatting statement
  11. 11. Letters by Subject• dc.Subject used to bring letters together• Context appropriate bookshelf icon
  12. 12. Photographs• Tricky to construct usable access• Other classifiers – suppress link to original and display only HTML versions• Side effect of suppressing the photograph• Side effect meant that dc.Format couldn’t be used
  13. 13. Photographs• Created new metadata sub-element for Photographer• Formatting statements to remove Greenstone HTML
  14. 14. Search• Indexes match browsing classifiers• Formatting statements used to remove links to originals• Photograph search needs work
  15. 15. A Sample Letter• Difficulty of suppressing white background created by inline styles inherited from converted Word documents
  16. 16. Problems Encountered• Steep learning curve• Relationship of various elements that generate dynamic and display content not always clear• Supporting documentation does not meet some fairly basic technical writing standards (exceptions listed first, numbered steps, completeness, consistency)

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