As work from home continues for all of us at the Digital Heritage Center, we are getting the opportunity to dive into some long shelved cleanup projects from our migration into the TIND content management system.
One that we are excited to work through right now is creating better, individualized, description on sets of photographs that previously were only described in a single record. In our previous content management system, ContentDM, there was a hierarchy built into the system that supported parent and child records that had different metadata. So for example, a batch of photographs that one wanted to title at the parent level as “Wilson, NC Businesses” could also have individual child records that had titles such as “Food Lion, 1975.”
When we moved into our new content management system, those individual titles were dropped down to a file description that did not go in the main record or was easy to view. As a result, we made the decision to break up those batches of photographs so that each one shows up individually in a search with its own set of metadata. That has required pulling down a spreadsheet of the parent level metadata and then converting it to apply individually to each photograph and re-uploading it into TIND. This has also allowed us to add useful metadata such as geolocation coordinates to images of particular places which could be useful someday if we enable mapping technology in our content management system. While a bit tedious, we believe this is broadening access to some really great photographs from our partners and made them more accessible on our site.
Projects like this keep us busy working from home despite being a digitization shop – maintenance is always an important part of this work and this unexpected time away from our scanners is giving us the ability to focus on our existing materials a lot closer.
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