Digital Archives Update August 2020

August has proven a quiet month for the Digitization Project. Now that comparatively shorter items are being processed, the team has been heads-down working through a large volume of documents with the majority of our time devoted to applying descriptive metadata. Descriptive metadata is the information you see below the document’s image on Digital Maryland that ultimately makes the documents findable. To ensure the integrity of the collection’s cohesion, consistency and adherence to standards are always paramount in this process.

While descriptive metadata allows the item findable, as we pointed out in the past, transcription is the key to making the item’s actual content searchable. We have been thrilled to see our transcription warriors getting terrific support, and are pleased to now include in our newsletter a volunteer spotlight we are sure you will enjoy.

Staff Picks from the Digital Archives

The Archives Digitization Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.