JC Tagging

Jersey City 1910 Tagging Policy

For the Jersey City 1910 project to be an effective educational tool, certain metadata must be captured about the documents contained within the archive. This tagging will also aid the process of locating these documents and images geographically in the virtual city.

Equally important, documents and images taken out of their archival context (scrapbook, pamphlet, poster collection, etc) must be tagged so as to link to other related documents.

Transcribed and OCR'ed text will be tagged using an appropriate TEI xml format documenting text source (e.g. Hudson County Historical Society scrapbook), subdivision (e.g. The Jersey Journal), title, author, date and subjectmatter.

Images will be tagged with detailed descriptions in addition to source and subject-matter information.

Subject-matter authorities will be derived from the documents themselves, creating lists of geographical locations, prominent entities, discrete historical events and socioeconomic vocabulary uniquely suited to Jersey City Progressive-era history. Once generated, xml authority lists will be prompted every time a new tag is made. For example, if Marian Van Winkle is initially tagged in a Jenkins Studio image, a future tagger typing Mar… would be prompted with the option of using Marian Van Winkle. This would allow for both the dynamic creation of authority lists and the elimination of non-standard variations in authorities.

Since the site's mission is to enable Jersey City students to “find themselves” in Jersey City history, special tagging attention will be paid to ethnicity, age, occupation, neighborhood, gender and other demographic information.

Tags will be used to create “visualizations” on the virtual map of the city. For example, a visitor looking for “women” would be able to pull up a unique map of the city pinpointing locations where stories of women can be found. This feature will necessitate geographical tagging using gps information compatible with the structure (like google maps) used to create the virtual map of the city.

See Tagging Page for examples of data structure for scrapbook newspaper articles and images.

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