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This page is a work in progress as of 7-26-10

From time to time, a physical book will need to be scanned but the existing metadata supplied by the archivists is not of the book as an item, but rather there is metadata per intellectual item in the book.

It's easier to explain this by example:

  • Say we have a 3 page book (excluding covers).
  • This book is a letter book.
  • There is one letter per page.
  • The book is called An Example Book.
  • We don't have metadata for An Example Book.
  • We *do* have metadata for each of the three letters (Letter 1 ... Letter 3).
 The script is in the scripts directory at the top level, and is named bookToItems.  It will only look in the in_progress folder at present.
 It writes to an output file in the output directory within the scripts directory.
 If it runs across a match file for which there is already a corresponding scans directory, it will ask you if you want to reprocess.
 It expects the match files to be of the form Date (yyyymmdd) underscore “match.txt”  -- so, for example, 20100720_match.txt would be a good one for today.
 It will name the output directory Scans_match_yyyymmdd  to match the date of the match.txt file.
 The Match file needs to have, on each line, old identifier followed by a tab followed by a new identifier.
 The script expects a Windows newline to end each line.
 The script expects the input tiffs to be in a Scans directory (or several Scans directories).
 And – it will process multiple match files if they are present.
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