I'm pretty sure you can add extra fields to the dublin_core.xml file and
import it. I think I did something like this a few years ago, but I'm a bit
fuzzy on the details.
For the metadata creation, it might be worth your while to save the Excel
spreadsheet to a CSV file and then write a parser (in Python or Ruby) that
will read the values from that spreadsheet and produce a dublin_core.xml
file. If you gather the photo files in the same location,
you can then use the DSpace bulk importer to import everything into
You may be able to add extra fields to the search index. See here:
On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM, Deng, Sai <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Andrew and Yan,
> Thanks for the reply and the information!
> About DSpace metadata registry, we can add new schema or new elements to
> it, but the elements won’t be searchable, right? (We can change the
> input-forms.xml to make it display in the submission workflow if we will
> have item by item submission.)
> In our case, we already have the herbarium metadata in excel sheet created
> by Biology Dept. They are now in loose Darwin Core and kind of free style.
> If I would like to do data transformation (transform it to a mixture of DC
> and Darwin Core possibly) and batch import the xml to DSpace, how to
> proceed? Where should I add the Darwin Core metadata (in the dublin_core.xml
> as well)? It seems that it only has dcvalue element.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Andrew Hankinson
> Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 11:03 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Digital imaging questions
> Hi Sai,
> "Archival Quality Images" has some meaning, but it might be helpful to look
> up a standard and start your investigation for a new camera based on the
> recommendations of that standard. You might find this page from the Library
> of Congress helpful:
> I think your indication that RAW/TIFF is a pretty safe bet, but being able
> to point to an actual standard might make your case for a new camera a bit
> more convincingly. Other factors to take into account (other than
> megapixels and format) are color reproduction, image 'noise'
> DPI, lighting, (and probably many other things).
> For DSpace you don't even need to map the elements of Dublin Core to
> DarwinCore. Dspace has the ability to input different schema in its
> registry. You can then modify the "inputforms.xml" file in the Dspace
> directory to add the appropriate fields for the additional metadata fields.
> Hope this helps!
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 10:33 AM, Deng, Sai <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hi, list,
> > A while ago, I read some interesting discussion on how to use camera to
> > produce archival-quality images from this list. Now, I have some imaging
> > questions and I think this might be a good list to turn to. Thank you in
> > advance! We are trying to add some herbarium images to our DSpace. The
> > specimen pictures will be taken at the Biology department and the library
> > responsible for depositing the images and transferring/mapping/adding
> > metadata. On the testing stage, they use Fujifilm FinePix S8000fd digital
> > camera
> > (
> > It produces 8 megapixel images, and it doesn't have raw/tiff support. It
> > seems that it cannot produce archival quality images. Before we persuade
> > Biology department to switch their camera, I want to make sure it is
> > absolutely necessary. The pictures they took look fine with human eyes,
> > an example at:
> > In order to make master images from a camera, it should be capable of
> > producing raw or tiff images with 12 or above megapixels?
> > A related archiving question, the biology field standard is DarwinCore,
> > however, DSpace doesn't support it. The Biology Dept. already has some
> > in spreadsheet. In this case, when it is impossible to map all the
> > to Dublin Core, is it a good practice for us to set up several local
> > elements mapped from DarwinCore?
> > Thanks a million,
> > Sai
> > Sai Deng
> > Metadata Catalog Librarian
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