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== Background ==
== Background ==
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A 3 month investigation into the possibilities and some background survey work was carried out, and results of which can be read in a pdf. [http://www.selfdescription.org/Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf]
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A 3 month investigation into the possibilities and some background survey work was carried out, and results of which can be read in ''Self Description: Collection description remodeled as a microformat'' available as a pdf. [http://www.selfdescription.org/Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf]
== Existing metadata schema ==
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* [http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/prbooks.htm Leeds University Library], Printed books collections.
* [http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/prbooks.htm Leeds University Library], Printed books collections.
* [http://www-sul.stanford.edu/libraries_collections/librcoll_a_z.html Stanford University Library]
* [http://www-sul.stanford.edu/libraries_collections/librcoll_a_z.html Stanford University Library]
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* Further examples can be found in Appendix C of ''collection descriptions remodeled as a microformat'' [http://www.selfdescription.org/Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf]
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* Further examples can be found in Appendix C of ''Self Description: Collection description remodeled as a microformat'' [http://www.selfdescription.org/Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf]

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Collection Description

Collection descriptions might describe anything that was a group of physical or digital things. My original viewpoint is from library and information science, but I believe the notion of a collection description could be used in other disciplines http://www.selfdescription.org - Tim Hodson

Background

A 3 month investigation into the possibilities and some background survey work was carried out, and results of which can be read in Self Description: Collection description remodeled as a microformat available as a pdf. Self-Description-Tim-Hodson-Msc.pdf

Existing metadata schema

Dublin Core are working on a collection description application profile which is nearing completion. DC CD AP

Naturally the DC CD AP specifies metadata that should be in a collection description, and the metadata sets are used by the IESR, SCONE, Archives Hub, (all with other local data) but noticeably, not your average library or museum.

A collection description re-modelled as a microformat would allow collections to be discoverable on any library website suitably marked-up, thus opening up an organisation's collections to a wider audience.

Examples

Collection descriptions in the wild.

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