Yippie Tagging

This digital project will include a variety of documents including photographs, newspapers, moving image material and ephemera. At this stage, however, I will focus primarily on the encoding of the newspapers and ephemera. I anticipate that the number of documents in the project will be more in the hundreds, not thousands, therefore transcription of the newspapers and ephemeral flyers especially will be provided manually. Manual transcription, although tedious, will be most accurate and effective for the ephemeral material as it contains language and phrases that might not be suitable for OCR.

Text will be encoded using TEI P5 as it provides the most options for a document. Encoding will enable searching on names, locations, content, and dates and to normalize any unconventional use of terms. For example, the common name “Yippie” is derived from the “Youth International Party.” I would like the documents encoded so that a search for “Yippie” will match with its more formal version. Ironically, for a group dedicated to media attention and public spectacle, I feel as though little is known and documented about where and when Yippie meetings took place, therefore my intent is to provide as much metadata in the documents as possible to help potential researchers.

The most challenging encoding will be that of the ephemera which contains (in many cases) both typed and hand-written text as well as images. For example, flyers contain images of hand-drawn maps, to the iconic image of a clenched fist, to full comic strips. Not only will the encoding indicate basic structural information about the size and color of the original document, but will be tagged according to content. Some standardization of this tagging will be outlines so that confusion over whether to label a pig dresses in a police uniform should be tagged as ‘pig,’ ‘police,’ ‘police caricature’ or all three.

Tagging of these documents will include Title, Creator, Source, Date and Rights Holder. Titles that are not supplied (as is the case for many of the flyers) will be created. For example, my digitized document example would be titled, ‘Yip-In in Grand Central Station.’ I will use Library of Congress subject headings for most subjects, however I can anticipate using additional subject headings as determined by the project director. Documents coming from the same folder in the collection of ephemera will be linked in order for the researcher to get a more general idea of Yippie activity. The documents will also be linked by subject in case the viewer would like to narrow his/her research. Newspaper articles will also be transcribed in order to search for key words and linked by subject.

Below is an example of a tagged flyer:

Document Main entry for flyer
Source Bibliographic information on document
Title Supplied or created for individual flyer
Author Supplied or unknown
Date Date created and/or of event described
Repository Where original held
Copyright Information to rights holder and links
Head Summary information about each flyer
Body Text of the Document
Place Enter as written, regularize
Date Enter as written, regularize
Paragraphs As needed
Image of Document
Head Summary information about image on flyer
Title Title of document as supplied or given
Index Multiple Index terms
Subject Names People mentioned in document
Subject Locations Geographical location referenced
Subject Dates Dates of activity
Subject Topics Topics referenced
Scan/Image Link to image
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