Getting Started with the Digital Commonwealth, by Robin Dale
There are two types of use for the Digital Commonwealth:
- portal: only metadata. It does not have to include digital pictures.
- depository: stores a digital collection of images which is searchable.
- Dynamically created to display recent activity
- Includes links
- Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocol for metadata processing
- The portal is dynamically updated
- OAI works with a static repository document
- You can link from the Digital Commonwealth to your online digital collection until dynamic option is available
The Digital Commonwealth Repository
How the Repository is different from the Portal:
- There is a separate fee.
- It is a hosted service.
- The licensing is temporary until database is used locally
- The local institute still owns images
- The Digital Commonwealth will use the same branding that is on your library's site - institutions, collections, objects, logo
- The objects are dynamically updated.
- High resolution images come in a variety of sizes.
- You can include metadata in same screen as your image.
- You can link into your catalog
- The Digital Commonwealth will not change your image.
- The Initial Consultation
- You will be consulting with professionals such as speaker Robin L. Dale
- You will be discussing what is important about your collection what are you are known for.
Considering your collections:
- should it be digitized?
- can it be digitized?
- may it be digitized?
- who can host it?
- what system will be used?
With metadata, the cost for the repository is mainly the human cost: labor.
Costs will include administrative costs: those with access to files.
The metadata has to cover all groups.
The user can use XML. Components include: element sets, standards, protocols.
The Digital Commonwealth uses Dublin Core (DC).
DC 15 has common elements. The Digital Commonwealth also uses "OAI-PMH:" Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting
It is standard - so computers can talk to each other.
Using the repository: this is the easy part.
- Obtain the member toolkit.
- Send sample metadata.
- Upload the repository!