The Cross-Search and Context Utility: Contextualizing Digital Content and Associated Encoded Archival Description Finding Aid Metadata in the Northwest

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Presentation for the Digital Frontiers 2013 Conference. In this presentation, the author discusses usability issues relating to digital content and online finding aids.

Creator(s): Meister, Sam
Creation Date: September 20, 2013
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UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
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Digital Frontiers
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Creator (Author):
Meister, Sam

University of Montana

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  • Creation: September 20, 2013
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Presentation for the Digital Frontiers 2013 Conference. In this presentation, the author discusses usability issues relating to digital content and online finding aids.

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Abstract: This presentation will share the newly-launched Cross-Search and Context Utility (XCU), a project to bring together digitized unique content and detailed metadata from associated archival and manuscript collections at thirty-three institutions in the Northwest. The XCU is creating access to digitized objects in the context of the collections to which they are related, solving a key problem in the presentation and usability of digital content and associated metadata and better meeting the needs of the program’s identified user groups. While great advances are being made in the discoverability of widely replicated content (especially through commercial entities that harvest and aggregate metadata from various systems), unique materials remain difficult to find and even more difficult to understand in context. In order to present a greater variety of relevant results, discovery systems must aim to move beyond prioritized lists of data and metadata. Studies demonstrate that users are confused by the ways that cultural heritage materials are presented online. The XCU is a web-based resource for cultural heritage organizations whose collections have digitized content and metadata but no means of searching those collections in a manner consistent with the needs of the user. The XCU is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Partner institutions in this effort with the University of Oregon Libraries and the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s Northwest Digital Archives are Lewis & Clark College, Oregon State University, Pacific University, Seattle Municipal Archives, Western Washington University, Washington State University, and the University of Montana.

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67 p.: ill.

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Keyword(s): digital content | metadata | online finding aids | archives
Source: Second Annual Digital Frontiers Conference, 2013, Denton, Texas, United States
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Partner:
UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
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Digital Frontiers
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc228309
Resource Type: Presentation
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Access: Public