I have too much metadata information again this week, so there will be posts on Sunday, Monday and perhaps Tuesday.
This one is devoted to a fabulous behind the scenes look at the creation of a digital collection at The Huntington called Visions of Empire: The Quest for Railroad Across America, 1840-1880. On Huntington blogs, Mario Einaudi explains the process behind the digital collection wondering if people ever stop to think about metadata, especially when it is somewhat invisible to the end user.
No metadata elves were involved in the creation of the Hart images online. Metadata elves are mythical.
Digitization projects are not as simple as clicking a mouse. The preparation of this collection started with a professional conservator examining each stereo card to ensure it could withstand the scanning process. Then a librarian created the descriptive metadata and finally, a photographer scanned each image.
This blog post also details other projects and is generally very informative for anyone wondering how digital collections magically appear online.