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· Beth Sandore UIUC, Digital Emblematica,
http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/emblems/
· Thomas Stäcker, HAB,Wolfenbüttel Emblematica Online - Entwicklung eines Standards
zur Erschließung von Emblembüchern im Internet, http://www.hab.de/forschung/
projekte/emblematica.htm
· Mara Wade, UIUC, Digital Emblematica, http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/emblems/
Additionally, Sagrario López Poza and Angeles Places Saavedra, Universidade da Coruña
(Spain), Biblioteca Virtual de Literatura Emblemática http://rosalia.dc.fi.udc.es/cicyt were invit-
ed, but unable to attend.Their paper is included in the volume.
Wolfgang Harms provided some very much appreciated remarks about the deep structure of
emblematic literature at the working conference, but had wanted them to remain only as an oral
presentation.
Also in attendance, but not presenting papers, were David Weston, Keeper of Special Collec-
tions, Glasgow University Library,
16
and Joaquín Moreno-Barrientos, HAB, from their project for
digitizing festival books,
17
both of whom provided excellent commentary and contributed to the
discussions.
M
any of our conversations centered on global issues of building collections and sharing data.
We intend to explore further the ways in which TEI,
18
OAI,
19
and ICONCLASS
20
can
be put to productive use for this genre of literature.We will also attend more carefully to user
needs
21
and problems inherent in the polyvalent structure of the emblem,
22
in order to provide
as many points of access as possible to our rich collections.
Even though the Spanish emblem team could not be present, we are very interested in their
ability to construct a method for federated searches across three digital libraries.
23
As part of our
effort to strengthen these collaborative research bonds, it would be in our interest to develop an
XML schema definition for checking the validity of XML emblem metadata which would great-
ly enhance our ability to share data.
24
In his contribution David Graham presents an overview of emblem digitization efforts and
makes concrete suggestions about the directions in which we should now move.
25
There was a
general consensus on the part of the entire group to pursue his suggestions.
While there is general agreement to pursue actively more common goals, especially regarding
open standards, several goals of the meeting at the HAB have already been realized.The primary
concern was to reach some agreement on Stephen Rawles' "Spine of Information" which was
thoroughly discussed and amended in light of those discussions.
26
There is now a formal docu-
ment to which we can all refer.
Most importantly, we were able to meet and exchange concrete ideas for solutions to our com-
mon problems and continue to work toward open standards and sharing the work of digitizing
this important genre of Renaissance literature.We fully understand that advances in our individ-
ual projects mean progress for us all.
Most significantly, we also productively explored ideas about the kinds of content an emblem
portal can include,
27
and, owing to the efforts of Nuala Koetter, the University of Illinois' Digitial
Emblematica Project has been able to launch the OpenEmblem Portal.Together with Peter Boot's
help, she used the OAI metadata harvesting protocol to harvest Utrecht's metadata for inclusion in
the OpenEmblem Portal - which represents an exciting advance for all of our projects.The por-
tal is in its earliest stages at present, and we expect it to grow and change as a result of these very
fruitful collaborative efforts. Our ability to exchange metadata has been realized and represents an
enormous step forward.The portal is available at: http://media.library.uiuc.edu/projects/oebp/.
16
http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/ The
Glasgow University library is home
to the Stirling Maxwell Collection,
the premiere emblem collection in
the world. Glasgow University also
boasts the only Center for Emblem
Studies.
17
http://www.hab.de/forschung/
projekte/festkultur.htm.
18
See the contribution by Andrea
Opitz in this volume.
19
See the contributions by Nuala
Koetter and Thomas Stäcker in this
volume.
20
See the contribution by Hans
Brandhorst in this volume.
21
See the contribution by Tom Kil-
ton in this volume.
22
See the contribution by Dietmar
Peil in this volume.
23
See the contribution by Sagrario
López Poza et al in this volume.
24
See the recently developed XML-
schema developed by Thomas Stäck-
er (HAB), http://www.hab.de/forsch
ung/projekte/emblematica-e.htm
25
See the contribution by David
Graham in this volume
26
See the contribution by Stephen
Rawles in this volume.
27
See the contribution by Mara
Wade in this volume.
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