Hi Michele,


Your software probably provides a dropdown for the container types to provide consistency, and perhaps to apply the linear and/or cubic measure. If you could add an associated field that is free format for the weird and have the software display it if Other/weird is selected from the dropdown.


We do this for customers using our Eloquent Archives software.




Merv Richter
Eloquent Systems Inc.
Organizing data for eloquent presentation!
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Sent: May 19, 2008 6:16 AM
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Subject: Weird containers


A question for the collective wisdom:  how do you encode material in

non-standard containers?  We have a set list of "accepted" terms for

primary <container> element (Box, Package, Oversize, Mapcase, etc) and

secondary (Folder, Drawer, Reel, etc).  Occasionally we have items that

are in something weird -- a metal box, for example, or a camera case, or

a canvas bag, or a tube, or...


Is it better to only use the <container> element for a consistent list

of standard container types, and put the oddities in the abstract or

other descriptive element?  Or should one use the <container> element

always, even for strange things?  I can see arguments for both

approaches and wondered what others have done.







Michele Combs

Manuscripts Librarian

Special Collections Research Center

E.S. Bird Library

Syracuse University

222 Waverly Ave.

Syracuse, NY  13244