Type of Program

Speech/Presentation/Lecture

Start Date

April 2010

Program Topic Category

Collection building

Description

This presentation would discuss CONTENTdm's potential for publishing archival finding aids created with Encoded Archival Description (EAD). It would be informed by Marquette University’s experiences in the fall of 2009, when the archives created a pilot collection of EAD finding aids in CONTENTdm (Version 5) to assess whether the software would be a worthwhile platform for making Marquette’s manuscript finding aids accessible to online researchers.

After providing background information on EAD, the presentation would explain the process for creating finding aids in CONTENTdm, illustrated with examples from Marquette’s unpublished test collection. Along the way, the positives and negatives of using CONTENTdm will be highlighted. Although the Marquette Archives has chosen not to pursue CONTENTdm at this time for publishing EAD finding aids, it may revisit the decision in the future. Other repositories certainly could deem CONTENTdm a suitable platform at the present time.

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Apr 8th, 12:00 AM

Publishing EAD finding aids with CONTENTdm: Opportunities and Obstacles

This presentation would discuss CONTENTdm's potential for publishing archival finding aids created with Encoded Archival Description (EAD). It would be informed by Marquette University’s experiences in the fall of 2009, when the archives created a pilot collection of EAD finding aids in CONTENTdm (Version 5) to assess whether the software would be a worthwhile platform for making Marquette’s manuscript finding aids accessible to online researchers.

After providing background information on EAD, the presentation would explain the process for creating finding aids in CONTENTdm, illustrated with examples from Marquette’s unpublished test collection. Along the way, the positives and negatives of using CONTENTdm will be highlighted. Although the Marquette Archives has chosen not to pursue CONTENTdm at this time for publishing EAD finding aids, it may revisit the decision in the future. Other repositories certainly could deem CONTENTdm a suitable platform at the present time.