Metadata Workspace


This page has been created to assist and document the collaborative brainstorming of fields and sub-fields for the Engaging Digital Tibet search and retrieval page. This page will list the largely agreed upon categories. Each category links to a separate page for discussion/brainstorming.

Time Table

7/14/08- Review wireframes with Lauren, Keisha. Whole group introduced to significant 'To Dos' to accomplish during the week.
7/18/08- Defining main categories milestone. By Friday we should have agreed on the main fields of the search page.
7/21/08- Begin prioritizing first load of objects (quantity to TBD-- this will be trial and error--) and complete their metadata entries. Doing this will clarify the needed sub-fields (for the first round anyway)
7/25/08- Dev environment milestone. The platform should be ready for actual image upload (w/ metadata)


Main Fields

Object Use:

1. Tool
2. Religious
3. Decorative?
4. Medicinal
5. Administrative
6. Agricultural
7. Domestic
8. Monetary
9. Military or hunting

Location:

1. lat & long
2. cultural region (e.g. Bhutan, Ladakh, Ngari, Central Tibet, Kham, Amdo, Mongolia, China, Himalaya)
3. specific location like temple, museum, etc.

Date

1. All Dates
2. <15th
3. 15th
4. 16th
5. 17th
6. 18th
7. 19th
8. 20th

Material:

1. Silk
2. Wood
3. Bronze
4. Copper
5. Cotton
6. Silver
7. Gold
8. Iron
9. Clay (or unfired clay or unglazed clay or red clay or earthen clay? -- how to distinguish from porcelain?)
10. Porcelain
11. Stone
12. Bone
13. Horn (is 'horn' the same as 'bone'?)
14. Shell
15. Leather
16. Wool

Collection:

1.Rubin
2.THDL
3.Starr
4.AMNH

Agent: (LH added this after a brief discussion with Keisha today. It seems worth considering -- note that the painting with the eyeglasses mentions a possible creator. Some objects do include a signature -- however rarely.) But, then again, how would this be searchable? And the creator in the eyeglasses-case was the painter, not the creator of the eyeglasses themselves.)

Associated Tibetan Glossary: