I was just curious if anyone has played around much with ArchiveGrid
(http://www.archivegrid.org)? Our finding aids are in there, and I confess,
I haven't played around with the RLG validation tool too much, although I do
think our finding aids pretty much comply with the RLG Best Practices document.
I like the idea of this, but what I am initially wondering is at our own
institution's use of the <filedesc><titlestmt><titleproper> tag within the
<filestmt> with regards to ArchivesGrid. I've noticed that in the search
results, our collections come back with the <filedesc><titlestmt> as the
main heading - for example,
*Guide to* the Archives of the Giles-Johnson Defense Committee
as opposed to the <unittitle> of the collection, which is just "Archives of
the Giles-Johnson Defense Committee."
I haven't seen this happen for any other institution's search results, and
in our finding aids, <filedesc><titlestmt> is the only place where we have
In other words - what did we do wrong? Or should I say, differently? :)
Also, does anyone know how they rank their search results? For example, we
have the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter, and our collection is really the
"main" one out there, but other, smaller collections, as well as other
collections at our institution are listed in the results before the actual
papers. The same goes for Spiro T. Agnew.
Which leads me to my third question - does anyone know how often they
harvest/recheck XML files?
Jennie A. Levine
Curator for Historical Manuscripts
Archives and Manuscripts Department
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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