Accepted Paper:

Dublin Core and Omeka. Possibilities and challenges of digital folklore collections and archives  


Emese Ilyefalvi (Eötvös Loránd University)

Paper short abstract:

This presentation analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of Dublin Core Metadata Initiatives and Omeka content management system from a folklore/ethnology point of view.

Paper long abstract:

Folklore and ethnology departments typically have their own collections or archives based on the students' fieldwork materials. The main difficulty in managing such collections is material heterogeneity, the large amount of data and the lack of archival specialist. It is crucial that university curricula incorporate the best practices of data management and offer a suitable platform for students. There are countless initiatives within digital humanities to standardize metadata systems and datasets in hopes of interoperability. The Dublin Core Metadata Initiatives is one of the most popular of these and several digital folklore projects or archives are using it (e.g. Department of Greek Literature - University of Athens, Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank - Merteens Institute etc.) In my paper I will first investigate the dataset of the Dublin Core, analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the DC dataset from a folklore/ethnology point of view. In the second half of my presentation I will focus on Omeka, which is an open-source web-publishing platform, a content management system for institutional digital collections using the Dublin Core, which could be a possible tool for university purposes.

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Keeping track of your field data [SIEF Working Group on Archives] [W]