[RNLD] Seeking your input on a cataloging/ metadata entry tool

Nick Thieberger thien at unimelb.edu.au
Fri Mar 27 01:10:59 UTC 2015

We are in the process of identifying gaps in tools for fieldwork and data
analysis that can be filled as part of the Centre of Excellence for the
Dynamics of Language [1]. I'd like to ask for your input into the
requirements for a metadata entry tool. In part, this analysis asks for
your opinions on the value of existing tools (listed below) and their
relative strengths and weaknesses, and asks if it may be worth putting
effort into developing any of them further, rather than starting from
The high-level requirement of this tool is to make it easy to describe
files created in fieldwork, to be available both off- and on-line and to
deliver the description as a text file for upload to an archive. This
includes capturing as much metadata from the files themselves; providing
controlled vocabularies of terms to select from (preferably via
drag-and-drop rather than keyboard entry); allowing the metadata to be
exported in a range of formats to suit whichever archive will host the
collection; allowing the metadata to be imported to the tool for use by
collaborative team members; allowing controlled vocabularies to be amended
to suit the local situation. This tool could also allow users to visualise
the state of a collection. It should provide a means for seeing the status
of the collection: which media files have been transcribed, which have been
interlinearised, have text files been scanned, OCRed .... what other
processes have been applied, which have been archived, what the rights are
for each file, also allowing the user to specify these what these criteria
are for their own type of collection.
These are the currently available tools, please let us know of any others
(especially those created for different disciplinary fieldwork):Arbil
[2]SayMore [3] ExSite9 [4] CMDI Maker [5]
You can either add comments to the blog here:
or else write to me separately (thien [at] unimelb.edu.au) with your ideas
that can contribute to how we develop this tool.
[1] http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/[2]
https://tla.mpi.nl/tools/tla-tools/arbil/[3] http://saymore.palaso.org/[4]
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