Replying with the benefit of reading Dennis Meissner's message, it would
seem that Dublin Core is more appropriately applied to the finding aid
itself. Here are some of my related questions:
Is there any consensus in practice regarding mapping or would anybody even
argue that there's a need for consensus here?
If Dublin Core is used only within <eadheader> the resulting "record" seems
mighty brief. If this metadata is primarily for web retrieval of some sort
does the metadata match the needs for this sort of retrieval (searching,
I have seen some finding aids represented online in HTML rendering using
the standard frames layout. Some institutions place meta tags mapped to
Dublin Core within the HTML coding for the home frame page. The set of
Dublin Core elements are usually more inclusive in these cases, sometimes
including indexing terms and other metadata outside the scope of
<eadheader>. In cases where I am able to see the originating XML document I
don't see Dublin Core mapping so I want to know if the coding is being done
by hand on the frame.html page or if it is being generated in some way from
the XML document.
And, on this same issue, is this a short term fix if the intention is to be
able to mount our XML documents directly on the Web in the future when
browser capabilities allow?
How do you see Dublin Core mapping within finding aids being utilized?
--On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:48 PM -0600 "Fox, Michael"
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The question raised regarding mapping turns on another question. In
> your Dublin Core record, are you describing the finding aid (if so map to
> <eadheader>) or are you describing the collection (if so map to <ead> or,
> more precisely, to <archdesc> elements)?
> Michael Fox
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> John Bewley
> Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:13 PM
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> Subject: EAD, MARC and Dublin Core
> I am seeking opinions in the matter of relatedencoding preferences. I'm
> interested in hearing justifications for mapping to either Dublin Core or
> MARC (or mixed practices using both). I understand the potential for
> using mapping to MARC for the creation of catalog records. What do
> people see as the purposes of mapping to Dublin Core? Do you consider it
> more far-reaching in its potential for future harvesting? If so, how?
> The EAD Cookbook recommends setting mapping to MARC21 in <ead> but the
> RLG guidelines seems to suggest that Dublin Core be used for <eadheader>
> and MARC for <archdesc>.
> John Bewley
> Music Library
> University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
> 716 645-2924 Ext. 1446
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
716 645-2924 Ext. 1446