Submissions:2014/Remixing metadata from libraries and archives with the RAMP editor

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Title of the submission
Remixing metadata from libraries and archives with the RAMP editor
Themes (Proposal Themes - Community, Tech, Outreach, GLAM, Education)
Technology & Infrastructure and GLAM
Type of submission (Presentation Types - Panel, Workshop, Presentation, etc)
Author of the submission
Timothy A. Thompson, Mairelys Lemus-Rojas
E-mail address,
w:User:Timathom, w:User:Mlemusrojas
US state or country of origin
Florida, New Jersey
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Princeton University Library (w:User:Timathom), University of Miami Libraries (w:User:Mlemusrojas)
Personal homepage or blog,
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Over the years, cultural heritage institutions like galleries, libraries, archives, and museums have produced a wealth of data. A significant portion of that data has been devoted to describing the people and organizations responsible for creating information resources. In library parlance, this work is known as "authority control"—essentially the process of establishing and maintaining an official ("authorized") record for an entity in order to uniquely identify it.

The Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor is an open-source tool for generating authority records for the people and organizations associated with archival and special collections. The RAMP editor is built around two metadata formats used primarily by archivists: Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and Encoded Archival Context–Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families (EAC-CPF). Whereas EAD is used to encode information about collections themselves, EAC-CPF is used to encode information about their social context: the people, organizations, and families represented in archival collections. The RAMP editor leverages EAC-CPF as a data exchange format, letting users take existing metadata, enhance it, and then republish it to the English Wikipedia through its API.

This demo/discussion session will show participants how to creatively repurpose metadata drawn from one community of practice (that of libraries and archives) and reformat it for another community of practice (that of Wikipedia). As a global, ubiquitous platform, Wikipedia can serve as a tool for curating public information about the people and organizations represented in archival and special collections—and as a platform for connecting with user communities outside the context of a cultural heritage institution’s own holdings. At the same time, Wikipedia itself stands to benefit from the high-quality data and curatorial attention to detail that librarians, archivists, and others have worked to develop over time.

The workshop will cover:

  1. Installation of the tool. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring a laptop computer if possible.
  2. Working with EAC-CPF and creating basic EAC-CPF records.
  3. Creating stub- or start-class Wikipedia pages using metadata from libraries and archives.
  4. Strategies for translating existing metadata from the world of GLAM to the world of Wikipedia. We will review licensing issues and provide a model for addressing them.
  5. A model workflow for implementation and further ideas for using EAC-CPF data, such as end-user displays and visualizations.
Length of presentation/talk (see Presentation Types for lengths of different presentation types)
At least 75-90 minutes (additional time would allow for more practice with the tool). One hour to demo and discuss the tool.
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Pre-session instructions

Interested attendees can install the software ahead of time by following the instructions provided on the RAMP GitHub page. A local server (such as WAMP, MAMP, or XAMPP) or a hosted server is needed to run the software.