The EAD already contained description to the *folder* level.
However, the software we released will allow for description only to the
*box* level -- and the option of linking in folders as opposed to items.

We're still refining the display for folks not using Acumen (many already
have an EAD delivery system!) -- but currently a sample folder looks 
something like this (dependent upon your config file):

and an item looks something like this:


> Hi Ed!
> We did not break down our costs the way Oregon did, so I can't give you a
> line-by-line comparison.  For this project we used a Phase One Captureback
> and two flatbeds, color images, no PDFs, no bound content, no CDs, and all
> metadata creation was automated apart from the EAD.  The latter already
> contained description to the item level.  Our project costs *included* the
> usability study, consultations with an archivist, web developer staff,
> digitization manager, and 3% of my own time.  Additionally, we funded one
> full-time staff member for 14 months (with benefits, ~$2718/month) and 2
> students (@$9/hour for ~ 1970 hours).
> I already had set up a simple PURL redirection service we maintain
> locally, to avoid ever having to remediate metadata when changing servers
> or delivery software.  It's just MySQL and a script.  Cool URLs are great
> if you can foresee all the things your institution's administration are
> going to throw your way -- but if you can't, a simple redirection that you
> CAN control is a good solution.
> The ns2 namespace was used for xlink:
> xmlns:ns2=""
> We're still waiting for our administration to approve the release of
> Acumen, and we are *very* impatient for this.  I am, especially, since I
> was encouraged to promote it.  :-)
> Thank you for your interest!
> --jody
>> Hi Jody,
>> Thanks for sending along this information about Cabaniss. I'd be
>> curious to hear how your per-page costs compare with other projects,
>> such as Oregon State [1] (which I just wandered across in Google).
>> The notes from your project wiki [2] are really interesting. In
>> particular the details about linking from the EAD documents to the
>> item views using the PURLs struck my eye [3]. Did you have a PURL
>> server already set up at your institution, or is this something you
>> did as part of this project? Was there a real advantage to doing that
>> instead of thoughtfully managing a URL namespace with Cool URLs [4]. I
>> know I'm biased, but it sure was nice to see URLs in use instead of
>> Handles :-)
>> I haven't done EAD work in a while, and was wondering what the ns2
>> namespace is in the linking example on the wiki, e.g.
>> <dao id="u0003_0000252_0000002" ns2:title="u0003_0000252_0000002"
>> ns2:href="" ns2:actuate="onRequest"
>> ns2:show="new"/>
>> Last of all I was curious about the EAD viewing software you are
>> developing to stand in for Acumen. Is this work still underway?
>> Sorry for all the questions. I guess that's what you get for doing
>> interesting stuff :-)
>> //Ed
>> [1]
>> [2]
>> [3]
>> [4]
>> On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 9:03 PM, Jody DeRidder <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>> (Apologies for cross posting)
>>> For Immediate Release
>>> Contact Person:  Jody L. DeRidder
>>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>>> Phone: (205) 348-0511
>>> Completed UA Libraries Grant Project Provides Model for Low-Cost
>>> Digitization of Cultural Heritage Materials
>>> The University of Alabama Libraries has completed a grant project which
>>> demonstrates a model of low-cost digitization and web delivery of
>>> manuscript materials.  Funded by the National Archives and Records
>>> Administration (NARA) National Historical Publications and Records
>>> Commission (NHPRC), the project digitized a large and nationally
>>> important
>>> manuscript collection related to the emancipation of slaves:  the
>>> Septimus
>>> D. Cabaniss Papers.  This digitization grant (NAR10-RD-10033-10)
>>> extended
>>> for 14 months (ended February 2011), and has provided online access to
>>> 46,663 images for less than $1.50 per page:
>>> The model is designed to enable institutions to mass-digitize
>>> manuscript
>>> collections at a minimal cost, leveraging the extensive series
>>> descriptions already available in the collection finding aid to provide
>>> search and retrieval.  Digitized content for the collection is linked
>>> from
>>> the finding aid, providing online access to 31.8 linear feet of
>>> valuable
>>> archival material that otherwise would never be web-available.  We have
>>> developed software and workflows to support the process and web
>>> delivery
>>> of material regardless of the current method of finding aid access.
>>>  More
>>> information is available on the grant website:
>>> .
>>> The Septimus D. Cabaniss Collection (1815-1889) was selected as
>>> exemplary
>>> of the legal difficulties encountered in efforts to emancipate slaves
>>> in
>>> the Deep South. Cabaniss was a prominent southern attorney who served
>>> as
>>> executor for the estate of the wealthy Samuel Townsend, who sought to
>>> manumit and leave property to a selection of his slaves, many of whom
>>> were
>>> his children.  Samuel Townsend’s open admission to fathering slave
>>> children and his willingness to take responsibility for their care,
>>> combined with the letters from the former slaves themselves, dated
>>> before
>>> and after the Civil War, will inform social and racial historians.
>>> Legal
>>> scholars will be enlightened by Cabaniss' detailing of the
>>> sophisticated
>>> legal mechanism of using a trust to free slaves. Valuable collections
>>> such
>>> as this have a promise of open access via the web when the cost of
>>> digitization is lowered by avoiding item-level description.
>>> Usability testing was included in the grant project, and preliminary
>>> results indicate that this method of web delivery is as learnable for
>>> novices as access to the digitized materials via item-level
>>> descriptions.
>>> In addition, provision of web delivery of manuscript content via the
>>> finding aid provides the much-needed context preferred by experienced
>>> researchers.
>>> Jody DeRidder
>>> Digital Services
>>> University of Alabama Libraries
>>> Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
>>> (205) 348-0511
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> Jody DeRidder
> Digital Services
> University of Alabama Libraries
> Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
> (205) 348-0511
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