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Describing photograph collections

From: Edwin Klijn <edwin.klijn>
Date: Thursday, April 3, 2003
SEPIA descriptions of photograph collections

Within the framework of the EU-funded Safeguarding European
Photographic Images for Access (SEPIA) project
<URL:<http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/sepia/>, the working group on
descriptive models has been working on an advisory report to provide
recommendations on how to describe a photographic collection. A
draft version of this report is now available for comments at:
<URL:http://www.knaw.nl/ecpa/sepia/workinggroups/wp5/advisory30.pdf>
(PDF, 1619 KB)

The task of the working group has been to analyse existing methods
to describe photographs and devise a basic model. The SEPIA model
will be presented in an advisory report and applied in a software
tool. The draft report contains an extensive overview of the
multi-level structure and individual elements of the model, a
recommended mapping to Qualified Dublin Core and a summary of core
elements. The core elements are meant to be used as guidelines for
institutions that wish to have a basic description model for their
photo collection. The model as a whole provides a more detailed set
of guidelines.

The final version of the advisory report (and the software tool that
will implement it) is scheduled for August 2003. We would very much
appreciate to receive your comments before the 28th of April. Please
feel free to contact me for any additional information.

The SEPIA working group on descriptive models consists of:

    Stockholm City Museum
    Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority
    National Library of Spain
    Finnish Museum of Photography
    European Commission on Preservation and Access

Edwin Klijn
SEPIA Working group on Descriptive Models,
+31 20 551 08 47


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