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GIS Historical Map Project and Metadata


Metadata is important in making digital humanity research more discoverable and accessible. For geospatial resources, there are different metadata standards available, but no one standard can cover all materials. Some specialized projects may need experienced technical service librarians’ help for creating effective metadata.

This research aims to examine the functional requirements of metadata services for digital humanities research by analyzing a GIS project involving East Asian historical maps. Historical maps are unique in that they may not fit into current geospatial metadata standards well and this is where technical services librarians can utilize their knowledge and experience of historical resources. By exploring some metadata solutions, we intend to demonstrate the role of controlled vocabulary as a means to improving the access to and usability of spatial data. We suggest that digital humanities researchers create metadata for their GIS projects collaboratively with technical services librarians.

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