Hello Jane, Priscilla,
I would recommend looking at www.lido-schema.org as more interoperable, extensible and generally longer-term value-adding schema for collection of a lot of historical / heritage data.
It has the same capabilities and easy entry level (only three mandatory sections; object/work type - title/name - record details) as Dublin Core to collate a lot of data, potentially from different source, but it also has the optional depth and breadth required for enriching data with links, and the specific semantics used precisely by archives and historians, rather than libraries.
Data created / collected in LIDO will have greater reuse potential than less contextual schemas.
It's based on the ISO standard CIDOC-CRM (see http://www.cidoc-crm.org/uses_applications.html) which is itself the result of painstaking work by historical and archives data people.
The CIDOC-CRM itself is probably worth looking at too, maybe in terms of "CRM CORE" (a lightweight model using just key parts) and the many real life applications in archive contexts...
Disclaimer: I work (as a librarian!) on one part of www.linkedheritage.eu which does have some of the world LIDO experts as partners.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Priscilla Caplan
Sent: 25 October 2012 14:17
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Oral History Metadata Best Practices
You might want to look at the section on Cataloging in the best practices guide on Florida Voices:
On 10/25/2012 8:57 AM, Jacobs, Jane W wrote:
> Hi Library-Coders,
> My colleagues and I are researching best practices in recording metadata for Oral Histories for an article tentatively accepted for publication. We're looking for input from practicing librarians, archivists, and historians. In particular we'd like to know what encodings (e.g. MARC, EAD, METS, etc.) people are using and how happy (or unhappy) they are with them. Also what fields are people using to enter their data? Any data-dictionaries or templates showing required, repeatable, non-repeatable fields would be welcome.
> So far we've discovered that with new digital technologies allowing much easier collection and retransmission of oral histories, creation is booming; standards not so much.
> We would appreciate input from anyone who is willing to share their procedures. As mentioned above, we are planning to publish an article, but we will, of course, ask permission, before quoting anyone directly. Off-list responses are welcome.
> Please excuse duplication (cross-posting) and forward to interested colleagues.
> Thanks in advance for your help.
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