We’ve missed you, you say.
What have you been doing at UCLA, you ask?
Yes, I’ll explain…
A little background info:
The Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections has a fabulous collection on Isadora Duncan. You can search the finding aid (the contents of the collection) at the Online Archive of California: Howard-Holtzman Collection on Isadora Duncan.
Notice that the finding aid is just a nice list of what is in the collection? Wouldn’t you like to be able to see images of some of those awesome sounding items? Well, that’s what UCLA Special Collections and the UCLA Digital Library Program have asked me to help them accomplish!
What we are starting the project with:
The Isadora collection has already been processed (organized and preserved) and each item in the collection and the order in which it is organized has been described in this finding aid. The finding aid is encoded in EAD (a metadata schema used for describing archival collections).
Each item in the collection has now been digitized (meaning that we now have high quality .tif image(s) of each item in the collection) and we want to make them accessible on the UCLA Digital Library website.
The Digital Library uses a metadata schema called MODS to encode information about the images on their site.
EAD and MODS don’t “talk” to each-other. Additionally, they are used to represent resources differently:
EAD was developed for describing an entire collection and how all of the items in the collection are related to each-other
- MODS was developed for describing a single item in great detail
So how do we represent individual items from the Isadora Duncan collection on the Digital Library website in MODS without stripping them of the relationships and context that has been defined in the collection’s EAD? Well, that’s what we are trying to find a solution to!
Lets take this one step further:
Soon, UCLA Special Collections will start using a new system called ArchiveSpace to create EAD records and the Digital Library will start using a new system called Islandora which will host individual MODS records for each item. More about this in my next post…