Technical Specifications

CNI Presentation


System Overview Flow Chart

CNI Spring 2011 Presentation (PDF)

Project coordinator, Teri Harris, and application developer, Jeremy Morgan, gave a presentation on the Marcel Breuer Digital Archive at the Spring 2011 Task Force Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information. This presentation provided an overview of the project's organization and described in detail the technical infrastructure required, including the custom PHP/MySQL-based database application that consolidates metadata and JPEG2000 images from SU's collections and those of partner institutions and generates METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) XML objects for use in a web portal, drawing upon the California Digital Library's open source eXtensible Text Framework (XTF). To view a pdf of the power point presentation from that conference, click on the image to the left.

The METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) XML objects allow the thousands of digitized items to be indexed and easily searched. Syracuse University plans to transfer all of its digital collections to the XTF platform. To that end, the METS template must be flexible enough to accommodate the metadata related to the Breuer project and that of other potential collections. Below you can find an example of a METS XML object.

Example METS XML Object




   
      
         Syracuse University Libraries
      
   
   
      
         
            102
            Tubular Steel Chair (for Walter Gropius)
            Breuer, Marcel, Lajos (Designer)
            1938-07-20
            Furniture
            Drawing
            Images supplied by the Marcel Breuer Papers, Syracuse University Library, may be used for scholarly, research, or educational purposes of a non-commercial nature.  Publication of images from the Special Collections Research Center is subject to approval and fees may be charged for such use.  Permission to use images must be obtained in advance and in writing from the Special Collections Research Center by emailing <a href="mailto:scrc@syr.edu">scrc@syr.edu</a> or going to  <a href="http://scrc.syr.edu">http://scrc.syr.edu</a>.  These permissions and fees are separate from any which might be assigned/assessed by the copyright holder.
            English
            Furniture.   Breuer, Marcel, Lajos (Designer).  Gropius, Walter (Client).   B35
         
      
   
   
      
         
            
               102
               Tubular Steel Chair (for Walter Gropius)
               Drawing
               1938-07-20      
               
                  Furniture
                  Furniture
                  1920 1976
                  
                     
                     
                     
                     
                  
               
               
                 Breuer
                 Marcel
                 Lajos
                 
                 Designer
                 
               
                 Gropius
                 Walter
                 
                 
                 Client
                 
               English
               B35
               
               
                 
               
               breuer
            
         
      
   
   
      
         
            
               Tubular Steel Chair (for Walter Gropius)
               Section
               Elevation
               Working/Construction Drawing
               1938-07-20
               36 x 21
               Syracuse University