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Digital Initiatives Standards & Best Practices

Plum Creek Library System - Worthington, MN.

Plum Creek Library System - Worthington, MN.


  • Linked Data
    Find links to introductory resources, linked data communities, datasets, and examples of library catalogs and other applications using linked data.
  • Data Structure Standards
    Data structure standards are sometimes referred to as metadata schemes. A metadata scheme defines the structure and the meaning (semantics) of elements. Find out more information about the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, Categories for the Descriptions of Works of Art (CDWA), and the Visual Resources Association Core Categories (VRA).
  • Data Content Standards
    Data content standards provide guidelines for creating metadata. Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO), Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Resource Description and Access (RDA) are defined here.
  • Data Value Standards
    Data value standards are established lists of terms used as data elements to ensure consistency. Examples of data value standards include thesauri, controlled vocabularies, and authority files. The Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), Library of Congress Thesaurus of Graphic Materials (LCTGM), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), LC Name Authority File, and more are included on this page.
  • Data Format/Exchange Standards
    Data format or data exchange standards are markup languages that provide a standardized way to structure and express metadata schemes for machine processing. This section includes information about the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), MARCXML, and more.


  • Digital Imaging Best Practices
    Provides minimum guidelines for image capture, presentation, storage, and preservation. Look for links to version 1 and version 2 of this guide at the bottom of the page. These guidelines are used by the Minnesota Digital Library and many other large consortia in the region.
  • Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial
    A self paced online tutorial created by Cornell University Library.

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