It's taken me a few days to get back to this. We're not entirely "live"
yet, but we have recently moved our finding aids into a Fedora system.
When it's all working the right away, someone searching our "Digital
Collections" will pull up digital images, texts, and finding aids in
their searching. I don't know how well it's going to work yet, but it
We have our own descriptive and administrative metadata scheme that
we've mapped to our finding aids. It's my understanding that when users
are searching through the digital collections site, they will not be
searching the entire finding aid, but rather, selected fields, like
unititle, author, abstract, and the controlaccess information. I have
already noted some "problems" - man made - involving how we describe
materials and how we find them in a computer environment. For example,
omitting the word "Mexico" from the abstract or subject headings in a
collection that I know has a lot of information about Mexico....
If you want to know more about the technical aspects of how all this
comes together, let me know - I can put you in touch with our tekkie
people and our metadata librarian.
Jennie A. Levine
Curator for Historical Manuscripts
Archives and Manuscripts Department
2208 C Hornbake Library
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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Abel, Sean (SLSA) wrote:
> Hi Michele,
> Not sure how useful it is but we are looking at doing just this in the
> near future. From reading your email you are already providing finding
> aids using EAD, could you tell me a bit more about how you achieved
> For info we are about to scan our paper based finding aids as PDF's and
> then provide links to the scanned copy on our library catalogue. A
> quick and dirty solution. The next step is to encode them into EAD and
> make use of our existing XML server- Tamino to provide access. This is
> still a long way off and we have given no thought about searching.
> Sean Abel
> Digital Object Management, ICT
> State Library of South Australia
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> From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
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> Subject: Federated search
> Our library is investigating various methods and tools for federated
> searching. If anyone has experience integrating EAD finding aids with
> federated search tools, we'd like to hear about it. You can send
> responses off-list if you like.
> Michele C.
> Michele R. Combs
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> Manuscripts Processor
> Special Collections Research Center
> Syracuse University Library
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