Hi Elizabeth (and everyone on list),
Thank you so much for your responses on this topic. This has been very helpful for us in formulating our policies.
After gathering responses from this list, conferring with colleagues offline, and performing a literature survey, we've decided for now to scale back on our inline tagging within finding aids, and place the terms we would have tagged throughout the finding aid in <controlaccess> which would match the entries in our MARC records.
However, despite our decision, a project like Elizabeth's at Emory is something that we also discussed when reviewing the responses we had amassed. We discussed if we should we continue inline tagging to facilitate the repurposing of finding aid data for future generation of maps and other resources. We weren't sure, so I'm opening it up to the list in case anyone has any ideas: What uses of the data would make you consider doing inline tagging?
From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Roke, Elizabeth Russey
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 9:59 AM
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Subject: Re: Evaluating inline EAD tagging practices in finding aids
I'M a bit late responding to this conversation, but Emory is experimenting with increasing our use of <corpname>, <persname>, and <geogname>, so I wanted to chime in.
In the past we (as others have mentioned) primarily used this sort of tagging in the <controlaccess> section of our finding aids, which almost completely matches our MARC controlled access headings. However, as part of an experiment to work with RDF and more fully expose the various names and places within our finding aids, we've begun tagging as many names as we can in some of our finding aids using ead tagging, matching those names with DBPedia, VIAF, and Geonames, and then using that data to generate RDFa (which will also be available to researchers to harvest). We are currently working with ways to exploit that information including generating maps and creating deeper links within finding aids. For us, using the EAD tags was a shortcut to embedding semantic links within finding aids.
For more information, see our project blog:
Elizabeth Russey Roke
Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322
On 10/21/13 11:44 AM, "<Jennifer B Pelose>" <[log in to unmask]>
>**Apologies for cross-postings**
>The Harvard University Archives is re-evaluating its inline EAD tagging
>policies in our finding aids and we are curious to know what other
>repositories are doing. Can you provide us with a short description of
>the tagging practices at your institution on
>€ How much tagging of <corpname>, <persname>, <subject>, <genreform>,
><geogname>, etc. do you do in finding aids?
>€ Do you use several tags or just a few?
>€ How much tagging do you consider sufficient to provide researcher
>access to your finding aids?
>Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
>Processing Archivist/Project Manager
>Harvard University Archives
>Pusey Library - Harvard Yard
>Email: [log in to unmask]
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