The short answer is that what we have right now is document-type items
(pages of books or letters, front and back of a map), but that might grow
in the future to include video or multiple views of art objects. The
documents are the main concern right now.
Most of our compound objects in contentdm are really just items that are
made up of multiple files (10 tiffs corresponding to 10 pages of a book),
so those are easy enough to deal with in the new system--there is no part
level metadata to display. There are others where there was a desire to
provide a method of navigation based on titles, similar to bookmarks in a
pdf, so that navigation has to go somewhere. And still others (a couple of
rare books) where there are keywords or descriptions that are unique to
each page, and it is necessary to display that page level metadata. There
might also be something like a literary magazine, where there is a desire
to record the titles and authors of each poem/story/etc and to display that
info somewhere. We have one publication where we crop out articles to add
as single items, in addition to adding and displaying the whole issue. It
can get tedious to crop those.
The easiest would be to just avoid recording part level metadata, or to add
it in the main record, but since it is provided now in the current system,
we can't really take it away. And cropping things is no fun.
On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]>
> The best way to display compound objects really depends on the nature of
> the compound objects. For example, the optimal display for a book stored as
> a compound object will be very different than an art object taken from
> various vantage points or a dataset. Likewise, whether you can get away
> with not creating/displaying metadata for components of compound objects
> depends on the use case. If you could say a bit more about what kind of
> compound objects you have and what system(s) you are migrating to, people
> could probably give you better advice.
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 1:43 PM, Laura Buchholz <[log in to unmask]>
> > We're migrating from CONTENTdm and trying to figure out how to display
> > compound objects (or the things formerly known as compound objects) and
> > metadata for the end user. Can anyone point me to really good examples of
> > displaying items like this, especially where the user can see metadata
> > parts of the whole? I'm looking more for examples of the layout of all
> > different components on the page (or pages) rather than specific image
> > viewers. Our new system is homegrown, so we have a lot of flexibility in
> > deciding where things go.
> > We essentially have:
> > -the physical item (multiple files per item of images of text, plain
> > text, pdf)
> > -metadata about the item
> > -possibly metadata about a part of the item (think title/author/subjects
> > for a newspaper article within the whole newspaper issue), of which the
> > titles might be used for navigation through the whole item.
> > I think Hathi Trust has a good example of all these components coming
> > together (except viewing non-title metadata for parts), and I'm curious
> > there are others. Or do most places just skip creating/displaying any
> > of metadata for the parts of the whole?
> > Thanks for any help!
> > --
> > Laura Buchholz
> > Digital Assets Specialist
> > Reed College
> > 503-517-7629
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