After a brief rest from inputting data, we are now poised to enter information about (some of) our digital objects. Generally these are digi-surrogates of our photographs, letters, diaries, and other materials.

We have a few hundred digital objects in (Rice’s institutional repository, running DSpace). Most of those were treated at the item level with lots of descriptive metadata, but some new ones from this semester are testing out the Meissner-Greene minimal processing theory on digital materials. That means there is significantly less descriptive metadata and an “item” in our repository might be one PDF for an entire file of correspondence, for example. Whoa!