- These guidelines provide advice on creating descriptions for born digital material within cataloguing and access systems which employ a framework/structure based on the General International Standard of Archival Description ISAD(G). It is anticipated that archival institutions will want to include such descriptions within pre-existing systems of this kind in order to ensure continuity and parity between the description of their analogue and of their born digital holdings.
- This document does not provide detailed guidance on or a complete list of all the metadata thought to be required in order to ensure the ongoing preservation of born digital material. Such material may be held in a separate digital repository system (where such a system could be either a commercial or open source software application or an archivist following procedures to ‘ingest’ born digital material onto a backed-up shared drive or other storage solution) and the metadata that should be included in, or created by such systems is beyond the scope of this guidance. However some suggestions have been made with regards to possible links to more detailed metadata of this kind and the alternative metadata schemas which might be used to structure such metadata.
- The advent of born digital material and of new tools for its processing opens up the possibility for the automatic creation of description. As a general principle, it is considered important that users are made aware of the degree of human intervention in the information they are looking at, e.g. if a field has been populated automatically with no human intervention, this needs to be made clear.
Jenny Bunn Thanks Mark. Take your point and this sounds like a good aim for the next phase. You are right of course, we are more at guesses than guidelines in...Thanks Mark. Take your point and this sounds like a good aim for the next phase. You are right of course, we are more at guesses than guidelines in this first attempt, but we didn't like to speak too authoritatively until more people had had a chance to comment. Thanks for being the first to weigh in. Show more 1 year ago
Andrew Janes I agree with Jenny that it could be useful to think more about which elements are likely to be appropriate for populating with...I agree with Jenny that it could be useful to think more about which elements are likely to be appropriate for populating with automatically-harvested metadata, particularly without human intervention - but would this be one of the first things to go out of date as the technical possibilities increase? (I don't know.) Show more 1 year ago
Jenny Bunn Additional comments received: We also had a question about databases: if the digital record was a database or dataset, where would you put or...Additional comments received: We also had a question about databases: if the digital record was a database or dataset, where would you put or construct the data dictionary (the documentation listing each field name, type and acceptable input formats). Would this be in finding aids? Show more 1 year ago
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