From: Thomas Ronayne <ronayne.thomas@gm...> - 2013-07-31 17:02:02
With help from those at DSpace-Tech, I've gotten DSpace installed.
It's working and I think it's working properly (I can do stuff even
though I don't know what the heck I'm doing).
Before I get started (and make a mess of things), I would really
appreciate a little push in the right direction for getting things set
up for the long haul; let me explain, as briefly as possible, what I
have to deal with:
* We have some 60,000+ books dating from the 12th through the early
20th century (only a few early 20th century, maybe 50 volumes);
* We have statuary dating from ancient Egypt through Greek and Roman
time to the 19th century;
* We have postage stamps dating from the beginning of postage stamps;
* We have coins dating from Greek and Roman times through modern
European and Asian periods;
* We have scientific instruments dating from... well, ancient Egypt
though modern European and Asian periods;
* We have monographs and documents dating from, roughly, the 15th
* We have art in multiple formats dating from the Middle Ages though
early 20th century Asian woodcuts (and the equipment to print them
* In short, we have a helluva a lot of stuff.
There is no metadata, only items -- nothing has been recorded in a
useful way (except an obsolete FoxBase application on a WinXP box that
I'm not sure I can extract anything useful from).
Maybe someday there will be scholarly papers (at least I hope there
will!) but, for now, I need to catalog our holdings (with appropriate
images for individual items and articles that can be photographed or
scanned) in a reasonable way and I'm wondering if someone might be able
to point me to some documentation that describes a "pretty good way" of
doing that with DSpace?
Thanks for any advice.
A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.