Individuals who wish to develop digital scholarly works and libraries that wish to provide access to their precious and fragile holdings have an interest in digitizing premodern manuscripts. These handmade objects are often beautiful and each one is unique. The features of zooming and light alteration available through digital photography and manipulation are assets to medieval scholars, because these methods can reveal more information for teaching and research. Digital collections of medieval manuscripts can be hard to find or remain unpublished, in part because the description of these works is difficult. Involvement in the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan has made it clear to librarians at WMU that both smaller institutions (which may hold only one or two items) and individual scholars wish to provide appropriate metadata for digitized manuscripts, but do not have the combination of technical and subject skills needed. The goal of this project is to develop a standardized and user-friendly Dublin Core application profile which uses elements from the European Networking Resources and Information Concerning Cultural Heritage (ENRICH) Specification and Dublin Core to create a metadata profile which works well with the long-standing conventions of premodern manuscript descriptive codicology and paleography.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/susan_steuer/1/