16.438 Metadata and Digital Imaging Best Practices

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 438.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2003 07:45:39 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: Western Trails - New Best Practice Documents Available

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    January 22, 2003

                     Western States Digital Standards Group Announces
                    Western States Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices
                    and Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices

    >Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 16:34:38 -0700
    >From: Liz Bishoff <liz@bishoff.com>
    >>To: David Green <david@ninch.org>
    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: Western Trails Grantees WTGRANTEES
    >[mailto:WTGRANTEES@LIST.COALLIANCE.ORG] On Behalf Of Richard Urban
    >Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 4:00 PM

    The Western States Digital Standards Group is please to announce the
    availability of the Western States Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices
    and Western States Digital Imaging Best Practices. Both documents are
    available through the Colorado Digitization Program website at

    Western Trails is a multi-state collaborative initiative to create a
    virtual collection of widely dispersed digital resources on this subject,
    spearheaded by the University of Denver, Colorado.

    As part of this IMLS-funded initiative, 23 institutions in four Western
    states were awarded mini-grants to create digital content and metadata for
    resources related to Western trails. In addition to creating a virtual
    collection of digital resources, the project set about developing a set of
    Dublin-Core based best practices by representatives from cultural heritage
    institutions beyond the original four participating states.

    Accordingly, in March 2002, 18 representatives from eight Western states
    met in Denver, Colorado to begin exploring issues associated with
    application of Dublin Core to digital objects by cultural heritage
    institutions. This group, the Western States Digital Standards Group
    (WSDSG) Metadata Working Group, formed two task forces to develop
    guidelines for the Dublin Core metadata. The WSDSG Metadata Working Group
    met again in Topeka, Kansas in July 2002 to finalize the guidelines and
    determine the remaining components of a best practices document.

    In November 2002 the resultant WSDSG Guidelines for the Dublin Core
    Elements were posted on the web site of the Colorado Digitization Program
    (CDP) and the Western Trails project website. In January 2003, the WSDSG
    Best Practices document will be released. This Best Practices document is
    based upon and supercedes the CDP's General Guidelines for Descriptive
    Metadata Creation and Metadata.

    Richard Urban
    Operations Coordinator
    Colorado Digitization Program
    (303) 871-4558


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