Minimal MODS: Cabaniss

From UA Libraries Digital Services Planning and Documentation

We discussed the pros and cons of sending users to directory folders to locate content. We decided it was important to at least convey rights statements, some information providing context, and a link back to the EAD.

We determined that from the file names and directory names we could capture the following information:

  1. Collection number
  2. Box number
  3. Folder number
  4. Item number (sequence encountered in the folder)
  5. Extent (number of pages)
  6. Item identifier
  7. MIME type

We could infer the collection name, the URL to the collection, a rights statement, the language of content, that the form is electronic, that the digital origin is reformatted digital, and the name of the online repository and OCLC code. We could also create a locally persistent URL for each item to be added to the metadata. Using this information, our metadata librarians designed a MODS template which we filled in by script during the processing. A sample of the template is Cabaniss_MODS_Template.