Blog post 5: Dublin Core metadata

In this assignment you will have to create Dublin Core metadata for the artifact that you added to your site for Gallery Entry 1. You’ll enter that data into a blog post in two different ways: first as a table, then as a piece of machine-readable code. Follow the instructions below to complete the assignment.

Part 1

Create a table with three columns and at least nine rows. The headers for the three columns should be “Field”, “Value”, and “Identifier”. “Field” should have the DC elements. You should have at least nine of them: Title, Creator, Date, Description, Coverage, Language, Format, Type, and Subject. The other six fields are optional. Remember that each element can repeat. So, for instance, if your artifact has two creators, you should have two rows on your table with “Creator” in the first column. Values for Creator, Coverage, Language, Format, Type, and Subject should come from controlled vocabularies. Here are the required controlled vocabularies:

The values that come from controlled vocabularies should have unique identifiers. For the Library of Congress vocabularies, the Identifier will be a number that shows up on the right side of the search result:

The same is true of the Getty:

Put those identifiers in the identifier column of your table. For the languages, enter the full name of the language in the column for Value and the three letter code in the column for Identifier.

Your completed table should look something like this:

TitleOur Pets
CreatorLydon, A.F. (Alexander Francis)nr93023999
DescriptionSubtitle describes the book as “sketches of the furred and feathered favourites of the young : with numerous anecdotes illustrating their sagacity and affection”
SubjectDomestic animalssh85038908
SubjectJuvenile literaturesh85071184

Part 2

Go to the Advanced Dublin Core Generator and enter your metadata there. Use the [+] buttons if you have more than one value for a field, and use the drop down menus to provide more details (such as multiple kinds of dates) and to identify your controlled vocabularies (where you can). At the bottom, where it says “Output Options,” select “Display output as: XML” and click “Generate Metadata!” Then copy the Output. In your blog entry, create a new “Code” block. Paste your Output. It should appear in your published blog as the “raw” XML that way.

<dc:title>Our Pets</dc:title>
<dc:creator>Lydon, A.F. (Alexander Francis)</dc:creator>
<dc:subject xsi:type="dcterms:LCSH">Domestic animals</dc:subject>
<dc:subject xsi:type="dcterms:LCSH">Juvenile literature</dc:subject>
<dc:description>Subtitle describes the book as &#8220;sketches of the furred and feathered favourites of the young : with numerous anecdotes illustrating their sagacity and affection&#8221; </dc:description>
<dc:date xsi:type="dcterms:W3CDTF">1862</dc:date>
<dc:type xsi:type="dcterms:DCMIType">Text</dc:type>
<dc:format xsi:type="dcterms:IMT">PDF</dc:format>
<dc:language xsi:type="dcterms:ISO639-2">eng</dc:language>
<dc:coverage xsi:type="dcterms:TGN">London</dc:coverage>

Part 3

Write one short paragraph (3-5 sentences) describing an interpretive decision you had to make while creating this metadata record. For example, how did you chose what subject(s) or genre(s) to encode? How might that choice affect how someone coming to your blog would perceive/interpret the artifact?

To earn credit on this assignment you must complete all three parts: a table with at least nine rows (including identifiers for Creator, Coverage, Language, Format, and Subject), a block of XML, and a paragraph describing your choice.