Admittedly, sometimes I get bored reading about metadata projects and this week I really wanted to write something fluffy. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled across a project devoted to creating metadata and controlled vocabulary for a perfume museum.
Fragonard’s Musee de Parfum and the The??a??tre des Capucines Museum in Paris offer unique explorations into the world of perfumes. A proposal by Jessica Mlotkowski, MLIS candidate at the University of North Carolina, outlines a plan for creating a taxonomy for the classification of traditional and modern perfumes for the museum and its various online collections and retail needs.
The approach to creating this custom thesaurus stems from a combination of sources including the usual suspects like the LCSH, the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online and the UK Archival Thesaurus (UKAT) as well as retail sites like Sephora.com and Perfumes.com. Classification graphs from the Farina-Haus Fragrance Museum’s research webpage were incorporated.
An analysis of the 11th edition of the H&R Genealogy of Feminine Fragrances and Michael Edward’s 1983 fragrance wheel were thrown into the mix and the resulting thesaurus is pungent with possibility. I think anyone attempting to create a taxonomy and apply metadata to a specialized collection like a perfume collection can benefit from reading this creative and thoughtful paper.