April 14, 2012  Site Study, Marian Blue
U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
ID. Alaska Earthquake no. 15ct Tsunami damage at Seward. The waves came in from the sea via Resurrection Bay in the background. 1964.
In looking to the future, the librarian I spoke to wants to migrate information from the web into a digital repository such as fedora or a management system such as ContentDM. This would allow the ability to begin use of a standardized metadata format such as DC or MODS, according to the librarian.
The librarian also mentions that since there is no current vocabulary control, moving to a standardized metadata scheme implies the use of thesauri and similar controlled structures. In moving to a new project, the collection would have the ability to make use of: Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) for feature names GeoRef and GeoLex for geologic formation names and geologic terms Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (TGM) for some subject and genre terminology Standardized Names possibly using NCAF LCSH to the extent possible for subjects or for use as a model for standardizing an entry format for such things as earthquake event names or consistently naming expeditions. This will also make use of their thesaurus: USGS. Terms will be assigned by library science students with review by the special collections librarian. The advantages of using a standardized vocabulary (and metadata) are potentially large given the demonstrated scrutiny of our data by our users, potential access/harvest of our metadata by other systems, improvement in search retrieval, and ability to create dynamic navigation systems.
Future Work