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Interim Coordinator of the Digital Imaging and Media Technology Initiative,
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign,
In this paper, we discuss the options available, when using proprietary database software for
digitized emblem books, for interoperability of the emblem metadata. In particular, we com-
pare OAI-compliant metadata with XML and OCLC SiteSearch metadata.
CONTENTdm, Open Archives Initiative, XML, OCLC SiteSearch.
I n t ro d u c t i o n
he goal of the Digital Emblematica project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign is to digitize the University Library's collection of German emblem books.
Within a collection of over 650 emblem books, the University of Illinois Library at
Urbana-Champaign has almost 70 German emblem books.To date, we have digitized and put
online 14 of those books.
Background details about the online database of books and its history can be found at the pro-
ject website, http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/emblems.The first emblem book from the
collection was digitized in 1998 and the images from that book were initially put online in a col-
lection of HTML webpages.
In early 2002, we invested heavily in image database software to
manage this project and other projects with which the Library was involved. Because of this, we
are able to digitize and host a much larger collection of digitized emblems and emblem books.
Currently, our online database has over 850 digitized images from emblem books. However, using
an image database package that is "out of the box" means we must try to adjust the software to
the intricacies of a particular collection, or we must live with the limitations of the database soft-
ware being licensed to us by its developers. In this paper, we describe the database software that
we are using and the facilities it provides to allow us to export our metadata.This will allow us
to share our emblem metadata with other projects, in particular, the Herzog August Bibliothek
(HAB), with whom we have partnered in digitizing emblem books.
P ro p r i e t a r y S o f t w a re
At the beginning of 2002, we purchased the CONTENTdm image database software pack-
for another Library project,"Teaching with Digital Content."
This project was a three-year
Johann Pfann, Aigentlicher Abriß...
(Nürnberg: n. p.,1626).
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