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project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services,
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where ten Illinois and Con-
necticut museums, libraries, and archives digitized parts of their collections for the K-12 (kinder-
garten through twelfth grade) community. In conjunction with fifteen K-12 schoolteachers' lesson
plans, artifacts were digitized for the teachers to enable them to use online materials in their class-
rooms. CONTENTdm was chosen as the database software for this project as it had a number of
facilities that are advantageous to the schoolteachers, such as a MS-Powerpoint plug-in to allow
the teachers to present material offline in the classroom. In addition, it was a very simple prod-
uct to install, manage, and use.
The CONTENTdm software allows the administrative user to set up many different image
databases using quite different metadata schemas for each one. Because of this, and because we
had the financial support of the Library for the software, we chose to use the same software for
the digitized emblem collection as we would use for "Teaching with Digital Content." One of
the advantages of the CONTENTdm software is that it allows the administrator to set up mono-
graph records where appropriate.As the emblems are all taken from monographs, this was deemed
a worthwhile feature and we pursued the use of CONTENTdm for "Digital Emblematica."
Around the same time as we purchased the software, the "Digital Emblematica" project had
received financial support from the University of Illinois Office of the Vice Chancellor for
Research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to continue digitizing more emblem books.
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M e t a d a t a S c h e m a
Before adding any records to the emblem database, the metadata schema was set up for the
"Digital Emblematica" collection in CONTENTdm. CONTENTdm has Dublin Core as the
default metadata schema for any new database.
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However, it is very easy to adjust the names and
types of fields to suit a particular collection. In the case of the emblem books, we set up the data-
base with the fields shown in illustration 1 together with the field mapping to Qualified Dublin
Core. A more detailed description of each of the fields is given in an earlier publication.
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http://www.imls.gov.
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http://www.research.uiuc.edu/
and http://www.las.uiuc.edu/.
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http://www.dublincore.org.
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Nuala A. Bennett,"The Two Faces
of `Digital Emblematica'," Florilegio
De Estudios Emblematicos.A Flori-
legium of Studies in Emblematics, ed.
Sagrario López Poza (Proceedings of
the 6th International Conference of
The Society for Emblem Studies. A
Coruña, 2002). Ferrol: Sociedad de
Cultura Valle Inclán, 2004. ISBN 84-
95289-45-8.
Field Name
Dublin Core
Mapping
Data
Type
Large
Field
Search-
able
Hidden
Controlled
Vocabulary
Author
Creator
Text
No
Yes
No
Yes
Title / Emblem
ID
Title-
Alternative
Text
Yes
No
No
Yes
Title
Title
Text
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Record No.
None
Text
No
No
Yes
Yes
Motto (Latin)
Description
Text
Yes
Yes
No
No
Motto (Early
Modern German)
Description
Text
Yes
Yes
No
No
Motto (German)
Description
Text
Yes
Yes
No
No
Descriptors
Subject
Text
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Iconclass
None
Text
No
No
Yes
Yes
Topos
Description
Text
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Theme
Description
Text
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Artist
Creator
Text
No
No
No
Yes
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