Metadata Tagging

Omeka has been selected to house the Goldman-Berkman Papers. Omeka is an open source, free program that was designed by and for historians. It provides designed templates that are editable by web programmers allowing for flexibility and consistency.

Each document will be described using Dublin Core's fifteen points of descriptions:

1. Title
2. Creator
3. Subject
4. Description
5. Publisher
6. Contributor
7. Date
8. Type
9. Format
10. Identifier
11. Source
12. Language
13. Relation
14. Coverage
15. Rights

Should one/some of the Dublin Core criteria not be applicable to the document, it will be left blank.

Tagging will also be utilized in the presentation of materials. Tags that will most likely be utilized are:

1. Name/Subject
2. Type (correspondence, legal document etc)
3. Public/Personal (public document or personal document)

While tagging can be redundant, it allows for a further refinement of the data. In addition to refining, tagging is a way to invite the viewer to be part of the project. Allowing and asking people to tag documents can allow for a more sophisticated collection as it provides an opportunity for critical thinking from outside the project.

Lastly, Collections will be utilized for the Goldman-Berkman Papers Projects. Omeka allows for further organization of material by lumping materials into collections. Ideally the collections will reflect different subject matters, time periods and people.

An example of an Omeka page:
http://www.aphdigital.org/users/cm18/omeka/items/show/32

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