Crowd-Sourced Cataloging Records

Our metadata template is a faceted, multi-part online form.

When you proceed to submit a record, you will see tabs for each of three facets, designed to structure the metadata fields according to:

1) Context, or the description of the manuscript as a historical object,
2) Carrier, or the description of the manuscript as a physical artifact, and
3) Content, or the description of the manuscript as a text.

Under each facet are various fields to which you may contribute metadata based on your expertise about one particular manuscript. At the bottom of each facet are extra, self-definable fields, for instances when you wish to add multiple values to a field, such as additional owners under Provenance.

We ask you to help define and standardize your information by including persistent links to online controlled vocabularies, authority files, or other ontologies that disambiguate and define your terms. For more information and a glossary that defines our metadata fields please see our Metadata Standards page. For a list of suggested controlled vocabularies, authority files, or other ontologies, please see our Authorities page.

Each facet of the metadata template is displayed on a different page, but you can use the tabs at the top to navigate back and forth through the facets like tabs in an Excel workbook. Before moving on to the next facet, use the “Save” button to store the partially completed record. If you save your work you can also leave the site and later resume your work on a particular record when you return and log back in. The final tab is the “Submit” tab, which allows you not only to submit your completed record, but also provides a notes window to include any additional information not supported by the template.