We have been normalizing dates at the file level, and even at the item level when we have linked digital items. I like the potential granularity it offers researchers, if your search engine offers the ability to search by date. It is interesting that Archivists' Toolkit did not incorporate normalized dates beyond the year into the program, although I know that there is work being done on a plug-in for greater granularity.
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From: "Jennie Levine Knies" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 6, 2010 9:41:15 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: Date normalization
We are not currently normalizing at the file level, but we want to. We
had a programmer write a script for us, and it did work, but then the
programmer left and the changes never got incorporated into our workflow
My feeling is that it can't hurt if you have an easy way to do it.
Dates are very hard to search/browse with unless normalized, so if you
can have the data, then I think it could be useful. The publishing
options will come...
Jennie Levine Knies
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Nathan Tallman wrote, On 5/6/2010 9:29 AM:
> Good morning,
> I'd like to take a quick and extremely informal survey. How many
> institutions are normalizing dates at the file level? My past
> institution only normalized dates at the top, series, and subseries
> levels. The rational was that it's not worth the time to normalize at
> the file level because there aren't enough publishing options available
> that utilize the data. (Plus, there's a script to normalize dates if
> it's needed.) My current institution is looking at best practices for
> our encoding and I'd be interested to hear what others are doing .
> Nathan Tallman
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