Archival Metadata Encoding Standards


Teaching Staff: Agathos Michail
Course Code: ARC600
Field: Archives
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Face to face
Semester: 6th
ECTS: 5
Total Hours: 3
E Class Page: https://opencourses.ionio.gr/modules/auth/opencourses.php?fc=26
Short Description:

The subject of the course is to get acquainted with the basic metadata standards of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and their corresponding DTDs or XML Schemas for their encoding to XML documents, so as to be machine understandable. In particular the following standards are presented: (i) Encoded Archival Description (EAD), (b) ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Records for Corporated Bodies, Persons and Families and the corresponding DTD Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF), (c) ISDF: International Standard for Describing Functions and (d) ISDIAH: International Standard for Describing Institutions with Archival Holdings.

In addition to the theoretical part of the course, the laboratory part includes the familiarization of students with the use of metadata schemas and standards to describe conventional and digital material.

Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

The aim of the course is to acquire students a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of the metadata standards for archives, their interoperability techniques and to be able to produce archival finding aids.

Syllabus:

Week #1: Metadata principles: A review from the course of the previous year named Introduction to Metadata.

Week #2: EAD metadata standard.

Week #3: EAD metadata standard.

Week #4: EAD metadata standard.

Week #5: ISAAR metadata standard.

Week #6: ISAAR metadata standard.

Week #7: EAC metadata standard.

Week #8: EAC metadata standard.

Week #9: ISDF metadata standard.

Week #10: ISDF metadata standard.

Week #11: ISDIAH metadata standard.

Week #12: Integration – interlinking of archival descriptions.

Week #13: Integration – interlinking of archival descriptions.

Teaching Methods:

Lectures making extensive use of visual aids. Practical training takes place in the computer laboratory. Besides, students are required to prepare a number of projects. 

New Technologies:

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Evaluation Methods:

Course evaluation includes: a) Written examination for the theoretical part of the course, b) Presentation and examination of the student projects in laboratory. The final grade is obtained as the average of the two grades.


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