A post about international perspectives on digital preservation. It looks at a comparative analysis of descriptive metadata for collections and specifically understanding how metadata can aid in providing access to digitized collections and inter-operable access for the collections. One goal of this analysis was to find a common data model for the various collections.
- The standards used by the partner institutions include:
- Encoded Archival Description (EAD) with DACS for archival collections in the United States;
- ISAD(G) for archival collections in the United Kingdom;
- MARC for bibliographic, map, serial, and print collections; and
- Dublin Core employed for certain digital collections records.
- There are additional library and museum standards that need to be analyzed further.
- Key access points include: subject headings; dates; languages; and place, personal, and corporate names.
- The level of description between collections varies based on whether or not the materials are from archival collections or library collections.