Norwick Center for Digital Services
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY | DALLAS, TEXAS | JANUARY 2016
In 2008, the Norwick Center for Digital Services created the first version of what was then called the SMU CONTENTdm Guide: Framework for Building a Collection. Version 1 described how SMU Central University Libraries (CUL) create metadata for digital collections made available online in CUL Digital Collections, along with the information architecture that underpins their structure. Throughout the years, our goal has been to capture metadata in a way that builds on the best of existing cataloging rules, while adding new styles that enhance the unique nature of our digital collections. Version 4, introduced in January 2016, contains some of the most significant changes we have ever made.
Even the title of the document has been renamed. Most notably, we are incorporating the use of new
controlled vocabularies and adding fields, which we believe will help us better prepare CUL metadata for the future linked data universe – a world in which we very much want to participate.