Cataloging tools help you create textual and geospatial
item-level metadata about library objects.
The ADL Cataloging tools consist of the Text Cataloger tool and the
Geospatial Data tool. The Text Cataloger provides an input form that makes
it easy to create textual and geospatial item-level metadata about library
objects. The Geospatial Data tool generates the geospatial coordinates
of a geographic area, which you specify by drawing a bounding box on a
The Text Cataloger tool is connected to a MySQL database. The Geospatial
Data tool is connected to a Postgres database. The collection of library
objects are hosted on a server. The following example workflow shows how
these tools can be used.
This example workflow describes steps a professor would follow to scan
slides, create item-level metadata, and input geospatial coordinates suitable
for ingesting the collection into ADL.
- Create the archival tiff
image by scanning the slide.
The tiff image is large (10.5 mb in this case)
but is a lossless format.
- Create jpeg
versions of the tiff image.
You need to create full, thumb and browse jpeg
images. The full jpeg version is smaller than the tiff (248 kb in this
case), and is suitable to use on web pages or in PowerPoint presentations.
The thumb is 128 pixels and the browse is 512 pixels.
- Annotate the image by creating an SVG
layer (optional). This requires Adobe's
You can create the SVG layer using Adobe Illustrator
10.0. The annotation layer is stored in a separate svg file.
- Upload the images to the server.
- Input initial metadata into the Text
- Input the geospatial coordinates of the image into
the database using the Geospatial
The Text Cataloger tool has a button to launch
the Geospatial Data tool but you must be in edit mode.