Metadata for Conservators: Overcoming obstacles to digitising conservation documentation
Conservation documentation plays an essential role in the long-term
preservation of cultural property, and conservators are ethically responsible for keeping
permanent and accessible records. While the conservation profession has been slow to
digitise legacy documentation, Stanford Libraries Conservation Services began a process
of regularly accessioning its conservation records to the university’s digital repository in
2018. To determine strategies for the effective cataloguing of accessioned conservation
records, internal search needs were assessed to develop a metadata profile based on the
MODS standard. This paper describes mappings from Stanford Libraries conservation
data to MODS and Dublin Core elements, enumerates useful controlled vocabularies for
describing conservation documentation in repository metadata and examines the potential
benefits of descriptive metadata profiles to the conservation profession.
|Type of resource
|February 17, 2022
|September 23, 2023
|May 10, 2023; May 2022
|Conservation and restoration
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- User agrees that, where applicable, content will not be used to identify or to otherwise infringe the privacy or confidentiality rights of individuals. Content distributed via the Stanford Digital Repository may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND).
- Preferred citation
- Lieu, Ryan. “Metadata for Conservators: Overcoming Obstacles to Digitising Conservation Documentation.” Journal of Digital Media Management, vol. 10, no. 4, Jan. 2022, pp. 314–22.
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