I’m not sure this is what you are asking about but at the University of Otago in New Zealand we have used Islandora http://islandora.ca/

to create a digital archive of digitised archives, as well as transcripts of the documents and make the text of the transcripts searchable. It isn’t fully set up to replicate the arrangement of the original documents but it does group the images of individual pages and associated transcripts together.


To be honest I have only the slightest understanding of how this happens as my part in the project was not about the system development.


But I know that it was the features of Islandora that allowed us to link the documents.




This page gives a summary of the technical information about the site that might be useful.






Te Uare Taoka o Hākena - The Hocken Collections

Tel: +64 3 479 8867 | Fax: +64 3 479 5079 | Email: anna.blackman@otago.ac.nz

Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo - University of Otago






From: Encoded Archival Description List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ethan Gruber
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Subject: Re: Related objects in digital repository?


Fedora 4 is moving toward linked data, but I don't know much more than that. I don't work with Fedora. In theory you could create a collection about the "Doe House in Ann Arbor, Michigan" and specify that any number of cultural heritage objects are part of that parent collection. I believe that most of LAM applications (both commercial and non-commercial) are behind this curve, though.


On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi Ethan –

Can you give me an example of an application that supports this?  Both commercial and home-grown would be of interest to us.

Thanks --




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Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 2:41 PM
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Subject: Re: Related objects in digital repository?


Newer repository applications are becoming increasingly linked data aware, so you could use a variety of dcterms properties to record these sorts of relations.



On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:33 PM, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello Collective Wisdom!

A question for those of you who are digitizing stuff and putting it online.  Do you somehow record the fact that two digitized objects are related to each other, and if so how do you do so?

For example: 30 videotaped interviews and 3 reels of news footage that were filmed as raw material for the production of a documentary; correspondence, bills, site surveys, photographs and blueprints relating to the building of a specific public building; etc.

It's easy in a finding aid, of course, since finding aids were designed to support this sort of hierarchical description.  Not so easy in a digital repository which is usually pretty flat.  So I'm curious what others are doing.

The simplest solution is to put the information in the narrative description, for example "Letter from John Doe to Jane Smith about changes to plans for the Doe House in Ann Arbor, Michigan," and then end users can do a search on the phrase "Doe House") to find all items that mention it in the description.

I'm wondering if anyone is doing anything more complex, robust, technically cool, etc.

Many thanks --

Michele Combs
Lead Archivist
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
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