Blog post 5: Dublin Core metadata

Find a second artifact that you would like to post to your website, following the same procedure as last week’s assignment. Then create a Dublin Core metadata record for that artifact. This blog post has three parts. Follow along with this video for detailed instructions on how to complete each part.

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 recommended 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

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?

Part 3

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>