Student Research: Winter Woolston

Digital Image Collection Metadata Migration:
A Project at Kent State University’s School of Art Visual Resource Center

The following contains a report of a project conducted in the KSU Art Department Visual Resource Center (VRC) by a SLIS student in fulfillment of the MLIS culminating experience. The VRC is a small digital image library independent from the University’s satellite library system that serves the instructional needs of the university’s art department. Approximately 30,000 records comprise the collection, the vast majority of which are held in fair-use.

The VRC began as a slide library at which time slides were cataloged in three fields and stored in ordered carousels provided to faculty. As a result of the internal nature of this service, search access points where unnecessary and therefore not prioritized. However, over the last decade the VRC has digitized the majority of these slides as well as print material and acquired born digital images from publisher content packages. Over 20,000 of the 30,000 VRC image records are now available online in MDID digital library accessible to KSU students and Instructors for educational needs.

As a result, it has begun to struggle against all the traditional impediments experienced when shifting from internally to externally rendered services model by improving searcher access VRC’s descriptive cataloging data. To improve the quality of access the VRC has decided to migrate records from DC and CCO customized Application profiles to VRA Core 4’s unrestricted Scheme Cataloged in the relational database VCat. This report details the technical mechanics of uniting the various application profiles employed by the VRC over the last decade and the resulting transformation of the now complete flat VRC (DC/CCO) catalog to a VRA Core 4 relational model using LODRefine.



This work was supported by a grant from IMLS. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. reserved.