Blog post written by the Digital Scholarship Unit, University of Toronto Scarborough Library
Lately we’ve been trying to come up with a better way to create metadata for batch ingestion into Islandora. We often work with faculty and other people outside of the unit to create metadata for the various digital scholarship projects that we steward. Spreadsheets are an easy and accessible way for faculty, students, researchers – whomever – to come to grips with structured data. Things are tidy, they’re easy to manipulate, we can derive CSV files – but most importantly, our project collaborators are familiar with how they work. There’s no learning curve. We use a range of products from Excel to LibreOffice to Google Drive to do this – whatever’s most suited to the project.