Term Project Guides and Sample Digital Repositories and Collections
Your term project is to select some specific repositories/collections and to closely examine them in terms of metadata scheme (e.g., community, metadata structure, implemented projects/collections), element use, documentation/best practices, vocabulary schemes, semantic interoperability and metadata quality. The project is broken down into several small steps so that you can work on it incrementally throughout the term.
At the beginning, things may be fuzzy as you gain your bearings, but don’t panic; this is very understandable. As you will see, more detailed instruction will be presented as we move along. Some course materials will guide your term project; for instance, two assignments (steps 5 and 6) are designed to help you work on this term project; they (term project and some of the assignments) are integrated. Previous students felt that their learning experience from completing the term project was so valuable. I’m sure that you will also have the same experience at the end of the term.
When you reach the compilation stage, you will document the results of the final product of your project. As appendices, present URLs of your repositories and attach local guides (if you can find them) and actual sample metadata item records (2 or 3) at the end of your discussion. The expected length is between 3500-5000 words excluding bibliography and appendices. Concerning citation style, APA or MLA or any other style would be fine as long as it is consistent throughout.
The following guidelines provide you with a framework for the term project. More detailed instruction will be presented as we move along.
Term project step #1—Week 1
Explore digital collections/repositories. You will need to choose two or three digital collections/repositories for your term project at the 3rd step.
The main purpose of this step is to give you a chance to explore the range of digital repositories out there. Digital repositories (whether through digitization of physical collections or through born-digital) have been growing at a rapid clip.
Sample repositories are available below and you can certainly choose repositories for your term project from the provided samples. However, I encourage you to explore digital repositories on your own as well.
Digital Repositories Using the DC (Dublin Core) Metadata Scheme: There are numerous projects using the DC metadata scheme, as this is the most widely used scheme. Here are the major sources:
Digital Repositories Using MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema): There are a limited number of repositories. Here is the MODS Implementation Registry (35 projects in the registry): http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/registry.php
Digital Repositories Using VRA (Visual Resource Association) Metadata Scheme:
Digital Repositories Using EAD (Encoded Archival Description) Metadata Scheme:
- University of Minnesota Northwest Architectural Archive:
Digital Repositories Using TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Metadata Scheme: There are over 100 projects using TEI. Here’s the info: http://www.tei-c.org/Applications/
· The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts:
· The Oxford Text Archive: literature, language and linguistics
· CELT: the online resource for Irish history, literature and politics
- Women Writer’s Resource Project
Term project step #2—Week 2
Keep exploring digital repositories. You will develop a better idea of the project as we move along. Pay special attention to digital repositories expressed by DC (Dublin Core), MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema), VRA (Visual Resource Association) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description).
The 2nd week’s lecture will cover EAD, MODS, VRA and TEI (Text Encoding Initiative); we’ll look at DC starting in the 3rd week. Understanding Metadata (http://www.niso.org/publications/press/UnderstandingMetadata.pdf) by NISO also gives you a good overview of these metadata schemes. These are the most widely used schemes across digital repositories (see my studies by Park and Lu, 2009; Park et al 2009) and I strongly recommend that you use these schemes for your term project.
Term project step #3—Week 3
Choose two or three repositories in your interest area. At a later stage of your term project you will need to examine metadata item records drawn from two or three digital repositories so make sure that you choose digital repositories using the same metadata scheme (e.g., DC, TEI, VRA, EAD, MODS). As well, keep the following selection criteria in mind: repositories similar in target community, format (e.g., audio, image, heterogeneous), and subject matter. If you want to use a metadata scheme other than DC, TEI, VRA, EAD, MODS, consult with me through email.
Present overview of the metadata scheme of your chosen repositories (e.g., history, community, metadata structure, any guideline or application profile, implemented projects/collections, etc.)
Term project step #4—Week 4
Examine and critically analyze usage/frequency of metadata elements. From your chosen digital repositories, randomly select 60-100 item records; for instance, if you have two digital repositories, then select an even number of metadata item records: 30:30 or 40:40 or 50:50. If you have three digital repositories, then the number could be: 20:20:20 or 25:25:25 or 30:30:30.
You might want to use Excel spreadsheet for analysis of metadata element use in youchosen repositories. You will need to submit any raw data, including some samples of metadata item records or HTML/XML/SGML codes, as appendices in due date of your term project. This does not need to be turned in during week 4, but is an essential section of your final project.
Term project step #5—Week 6
Examine controlled or uncontrolled vocabulary schemes (e.g., LCSH, AAT). Detailed instructions will be given in Week 6 through graded assignment. The result of this will be a one-page report to turn in as your assignment. This assignment document can be integrated into your final project.
Term project step #6—Week 8
Examine and critically analyze metadata quality. Detailed instructions will be given in week 8 through graded assignment. The result of this will be a 2-3 page report, with appendices, which can be used toward your final project.
Term project step #7—Week 9.
Class presentation: send me the results of your project by 11/23 (Saturday) through email. For this, you need to provide a one-page summary of your work and PowerPoint slides (15-25 slides) that succinctly present your work.
Term project step #8—Final product
When you reach the compilation stage, you will document the results of the final product of your project. As appendices, present URLs of your repositories and attach local guides (if you can find them) and actual sample metadata item records (2 or 3) at the end of your discussion. The expected length is between 3500-5000 words excluding bibliography and appendices. Concerning citation style, APA or MLA or any other style would be fine as long as it is consistent throughout. Due dates are in Assignment Schedule under Course Info.
Final product: DUE Saturday 12/14