Creating Digital Collections. A Practical Guide by Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

By Allison Zhang, Don Gourley

Libraries realize the significance of digitizing archival fabric to enhance entry to and upkeep in their detailed collections. This ebook presents a step by step consultant for developing electronic collections, together with examples and useful information that experience by no means been released before.

  • Illustrates suggestions with an on-going case examine on the finish of every chapter
  • Provides exact technical details and useful adventure Discusses practitioners' perception in digitization
  • Can be used as a advisor for developing electronic collections

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These structures can be much deeper, with many levels of hierarchy. External structure may also represent different kinds of non-hierarchical relationships, such as networks or webs. It is rarely practical to store the entire structure in each object’s metadata. Instead, each object will have metadata describing its relationship to other objects, such as its parent and children (in a hierarchy) but not their ancestors and descendants. Metadata standards Careful design and creation of metadata facilitates the construction and utility of websites where the digital resources can be discovered and accessed.

When librarians create metadata for their physical collections they call it cataloguing. Metadata creation and cataloguing are two terms for the same activity (Caplan, 1995). Library professionals, specifically cataloguers, have been creating metadata for decades, recording descriptive information to manage and retrieve resources. Still, some confusion exists regarding traditional cataloguing concepts and practice and metadata creation. Some investigators have found substantial similarities between traditional library cataloguing practice and the creation of subject gateways.

The ability to package all the components of a digital object make it particularly suited for the import and export of digital objects between repositories. However, the optional aspects of METS can lead to very different implementations that hinder this kind of interoperability. To create and process interoperable METS objects, authors and programmers may follow a specific METS profile. ), photographs, musical scores and several other kinds of source material have been registered with the Library of Congress.

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