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VRA Foundation funds HRA Development of XML Tool

Jan 15, 2015

Cluster member Matthias Arnold (HRA) receives funds by the Visual Resources Association Foundation. The award will be used for the development of a VRA Core 4 XML Transform Tool by the Heidelberg Research Architecture.

This tool will enable any user who can supply descriptive image metadata in a standardized CSV form (comma separated values, e.g. via Excel) to create validating VRA Core 4 XML. Useful on its own, this XML also represents an important step for further transformations to other XML schemas, like RDF to support output of data as LOD (Linked Open Data). The tool is being developed in consultation with both the VRA Data Standards and the Core OC Committees, will be shared with the image management community during beta-testing for feedback, and will be open-source and freely available upon completion. Susan Jane Williams (Independent Cataloging and Consulting Services) will serve as coordinator for the mapping templates and will help create documentation, demonstrations (sample records and mappings), and further mapping help in use of the tool. The jury is confident that this tool will have broad value and impact within the visual resources community, and for the VRA Core 4 standard.

The award is granted by the Visual Resources Association Foundation. The mission of the VRA Foundation is to advance knowledge in the field of visual resources and image management and to provide educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information in the digital age. It advances awareness of important issues for digital information management; encourages the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; facilitates workplace training; and promotes awareness of intellectual property rights and copyright issues. In addition, the VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse and global audience.

Matthias Arnold is responsible for the Visual Resources of the Heidelberg Research Architecture. The HRA is the dedicated collection technology research and services unit of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context: The Dynamics of Transculturality". It has extensive experience of a wide range of digital collection management and presentation technologies. Based on its development and continued operation of more than fifty digital collections, the HRA, in collaboration with a commercial partner, has developed – the Tamboti collection eco-system, which uses a plugin module approach to workflow- and metadata-specific functionality. Tamboti is based on native XML database technology and currently supports the TEI, MODS and VRA Core 4 metadata standards. It is available to third parties as an open source download.


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