“Merging Metadata: Building on Existing Standards to Create a Field Book Registry” by Carolyn Sheffield, Sonoe Nakasone, Ricc Ferrante, Tammy Peters, Rusty Russell, and Anne Van Camp appears in the latest issue of LIBREAS (PDF including footnotes here). Abstract:
The Field Book Project is a cross-disciplinary project to develop an online registry for field books and other primary source materials related to biodiversity research. Led by Rusty Russell and Anne Van Camp, this project is a joint initiative of the Smithsonian Institution Archives and the National Museum of Natural History. This paper presents the metadata structure established for building the Field Book Registry. The project team is committed to involving members of the library, archives, museum, and biodiversity communities in the development of the Field Book Registry. We invite your comments and discussion regarding the work presented here.
Field books (notes collected during biodiversity research) represent a particular kind of literature in that they are mainly unpublished, unique items and may be held in museums, archives or libraries, with resulting varying practices of description (if they have been cataloged at all). The authors propose the merging of data elements and relationships of several metadata schemas (Natural Collections Description (NCD); the Metadata Encoding Transmission Standard (METS); Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS); and Encoded Archival Context for Corporate bodies, Person and Families (EAC-CPF)) “to form a unified metadata solution”. Looks like a challenging undertaking, but one that sets out to do justice to the uniqueness of the material.