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2015 Prepared Talk Proposals

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tl;dr - this will be a messy theoretical talk about technology and libraries. No shiny code slides, no live demos. You might come out of this talk feeling uncomfortable. Your code does not exist in a vacuum. Then again, you don’t exist in a vacuum either.
== The Metadata Hopper: Mapping and Merging Metadata Standards for Simple, User-Friendly Access ==
* Tracy Seneca,, University of Illinois at Chicago
* Esther Verreau:, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Chicago Collections Consortium: 15 institutions and growing! 8 distinct EAD standards! At least 3 permutations of MARC, and we lost count of the varieties of custom CONTENTdm image collections. Not to mention the 14,730 unique subject terms, nearly all of which lead our poor end-users to exactly one organization's content.
All large content aggregation projects have faced this challenge, and there are a few emerging tools to help us wrangle disparate metadata into new contexts. The Metadata Hopper is one such tool. The Metadata Hopper enables archivists to map their local metadata standards to standardized deposit records, and tags those materials using a shared vocabulary, integrating them into a user-friendly portal without disrupting local practices. In last year's Code4Lib lightning talk we described the challenges that the Chicago Collections Consortium faces in creating shared, in-depth access to archival and digital collections about Chicago history and culture across CCC member organizations. This year, thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we have a working Django application to demonstrate. In this talk we'll discuss the design that enables multiple layers of flexibility, from the ability to accept a variety of metadata standards to designing for an open source audience.

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