Congrats and Good Luck! – #LS566

Some of us are graduating tomorrow, for those of us – Congrats!

For those who aren’t, good luck guys, it’ll be your turn before you know it!

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Some thoughts on Metadata Class – #LS566

After my experience in cataloging that I talked about in a previous post, it should come as no surprise that I found metadata to be potentially very intimidating. I am like this with most new technologies. However, I think this class has been a great help to me, not just teaching me about how it works, but helping me get over my fear of things I’m not yet experienced with. Thanks Dr. MacCall!

Some thoughts on Omeka – #LS566

Considering my feelings on the indexing project I previously mentioned, it should come as no surprise that I had misgivings about Omeka, and about Dublin Core. Many archives complain about it not being specific enough for the purposes of their collections. However, after having worked with it, I think it is a very solid little schema, at least for collections that are fairly simple. Other archives love to use it as an example or even conceptual base to create their own schemas around, so I feel it was actually really beneficial that I got to work with it – as I will probably be seeing it again very soon.

Uniform Rules … this would have been handy – #LS566

Hey guys, I know it’s the last day, and you guys are already done with indexing, but here’s something I found on Wikipedia that really helped me when I was doing mine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_number_%28American_football%29

It’s an article on how the numbering for American football works, specifically, you need to scroll down to the section on NCAA rules – every ten numbers has a meaning – and that might help identify some of your mystery men.

Some thoughts on Indexing Project – #LS566

So I will admit, I dreaded the indexing assignment – and before anyone jumps to conclusions about what I mean by that, let me explain. This really goes back to the cataloging course I took last semester. In that class, our final exam was an indexing project very similar to this. Only we were creating MARC records using RDA – and it was one of the most terrifying things I’ve done in this program. That is not to say that I don’t encourage you guys to take cataloging – personally I think it should be required. But I remember thinking about just how arbitrary the rules seemed, their logic was not apparent at all. That is the beauty of this course. It showed me the logical process that the creators of RDA and AACR2, and made me appreciate something that, not 6 months ago, I despised on the grounds of it not making sense to me at the time. Now, I think I get it.

Welp… I’m dumb – #LS566

Ok, I realize I’m a little late on the uptake with indexing, but don’t worry guys I’ll get it done. However, I actually made a collection when Adam had already set up collections for us. Dumb, right? Here I am, days away from graduating and I still have issues with following directions. Well, I guess I know how to create a collection.

Which leads me to my next question, specifically for Dr. MacCall: Is it okay if we create metadata for the collection? I mean, it seems kinda… empty without it.

Texas Fashion Collection Handout – #LS566

I published my handout in the discussion forum on Blackboard, but I realize that many may not have seen it. I’m publishing it here and will send it out via email.

University of North Texas – Texas Fashion Collection

What began as a collection to aid in research for a new college program now supports one of DPLA’s largest contributors.

“The collection of top designers’ works began in 1938 through the efforts of Stanley and Edward Marcus. The Dallas Fashion Group saw that it came to UNT in 1972 to support a growing fashion design program. Today, the collection includes over 18,000 items. Between February and August of 2013, the entire collection was packed and moved to a new facility on the UNT Campus.

At this time, the Texas Fashion Collection is undergoing extensive inventory and documentation in preparation for providing online access to all objects that have been photographed.” – UNT Digital Library: Texas Fashion Collection – http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXFC/

Contrary to its name, the Texas Fashion Collection does not only feature designs from the state of Texas, but rather is a collection dedicated to designs from all over the world, and any time period.

(Garnett, Eleanora. Cocktail Dress. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc501329/. Accessed April 15, 2015.)

Metadata

“For all public-facing components of the system, we use the Django Web framework. Django is an open source framework written in the Python programming language. We build back-end services with Python and technologies such as mod_python and web.py; these services exist on a closed network which increases throughput and security in the system. Solr is our full-text indexer of choice, and most interactions with the system directly or indirectly connect with one of our Solr indexes.

Digital objects are represented in the system with the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) which provides a way to describe the structure of complex digital objects. For the descriptive metadata process, we employ a locally qualified version of Dublin Core called UNTL. It is possible for the system to convert this format on the fly to simple Dublin Core and MODS. In the future we hope to support additional machine-readable metadata formats.” – UNT Digital Library – http://digital.library.unt.edu/about/digital-library/technology/