[Archivesspace_Users_Group] Importing 'born digital' EAD container info

Rees, John (NIH/NLM) [E] reesj at mail.nlm.nih.gov
Thu Feb 25 15:31:12 EST 2021

Hi all,

We're importing raw EAD to populate our ASpace. Our old EAD dodge for naming a container as being a 'born digital' thing was simply to encode a generic <container type="box">Born Digital</container>. Users would see the phrase in the same space as a box number, so it was relatively intuitive to understand what was being described.

I was thinking of another temporary dodge for our ASpace migrations - rather than replacing <container> by ginning up a bunch of <dao>s, which aren't that user-friendly in the PUI if they don't link anywhere, I'd try something like <container label="computer_disks" type="Born Digital">Born Digital</container> or <container label="computer_disks">Born Digital</container>at the resource level.

It would be relatively obvious in the SUI what's going on, better defines the nature of the content (it's not a box), is batch-fixable later, and in the PUI users would encounter an archival resource without any sort of container information beyond the huge DO glyph and a link that goes nowhere (for now).

Some screenshots below.

Has anyone encountered a similar scenario?


John P. Rees
Archivist and Digital Resources Manager
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
Teleworking M-F 8:00AM - 4:30PM Eastern Time each day until further notice

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