Sorry for the delay.
Current practice presupposes we do things this way which works well for identification and association purposes but is not necessarily efficient. Your question has given me an idea though that, if it works, may weaken the argument for moving away from this arrangement.
What do you mean by "collapse it all" and what are the benefits to doing so?
Thanks Michele too!
On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Betsy Pittman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Our rather antiquated system has a folder for every collection. Each folder contains our logo (.jpg), the .html and .xml files as well as any associated materials—pdfs, collection jpgs, etc.
I want to collapse it all but haven’t had the time to work with the necessary departments to figure it all out—and it works for now.
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How are people organizing their EAD and related files in their web directories? I've seen sites that organize by file format (all images in one folder, etc.); but, I've also seen it where there's one directory per finding aid, and whatever related files (head shot image for the bio, related PDFs or other digitized content, etc.) are stored in that directory, along with the EAD XML file. What are the pros and cons of each method?
I know this will be affected by whether or not your institution uses some sort of EAD database or a repository. Sometime this year (hopefully) we'll be putting up more EAD finding aids and eventually I'd like to move to an XTF or homegrown platform XSLT/PHP. (Although I'm keeping a close eye on UA's Acumen too.)
I'm just trying to get a sense of how other institutions are handling it. So, what are your best practices?
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