Knowledge Bank featured collection this month is the Jesse Owens Photographs collection. The collection currently contains 141 images – a sampling of the more than two thousand photographs from the life of Jesse Owens held at The Ohio State University Archives. The digital images that we archived in the Knowledge Bank all contain embedded descriptive metadata added by the University Archives.
The Jesse Owens images were batch loaded into the Knowledge Bank (a DSpace repository). Our routine process for batch loading involves creating a spreadsheet (.csv) containing the metadata and filename for each item. A stand-alone Java tool (SAFBuilder) transforms the metadata contained in the spreadsheet into dublin_core.xml files and builds the simple archive format directory (metadata + content files) required for the DSpace item importer.