Digital scanners output metadata (scanner model, date, scanner settings,
etc.) according to a standard called TWAIN.  The metadata is placed in a
".txt" file with the same filename that is assigned to the digitized
image file, I believe.

Is the TWAIN metadata already encoded as SGML?  The display of this data
that I have seen does not look like SGML, but it is labeled and listed
in a predictable format.

Is anyone using software that captures or automatically routes this
metadata into EAD coding?  Or into a cataloging format (USMARC?) or a

We plan to do a great deal of scanning soon and are looking for
relatively simple ways to capture the metadata for each scan.

Thanks for your ideas,

Linda J. Evans, Ph.D.,
Chief Cataloger, Chicago Historical Society
1601 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614-6099
telephone:  312-642-5035  ext. 311 (voice mail)
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