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Research library cleanup - Digital assests catalog structure to improve accessibility

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ORGANIZATION: LE 85EM REGIMENT DE SAINTONGE 4TH MIDDLESEX MILITIA REGIMENT OF FOOT

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After 40 years, we've accumulated a lot of documents - and recent efforts to digitize our hard-copy resources have only compounded the chaos that is our data store! Duplicates, nested folders, gibberish filenames, you name it, we've got it. The more we try to tame it, the more we realize how out-of-our-skillset this monumental task is - lacking structure, we find ourselves only complicating the confusion.

What we're hoping for:
-A system for cataloging our files so we can find things!
-Conventions/rules for file names, folders, META data, etc, going forward.
-Indexing contents of non-machine readable files
-A method for going through and applying said system to existing files. Automation would be a big help here.

Our best guess as to what skillsets will prove useful (will likely be multiple different people!)
-Library Science
-Museum Curation
-Academic Researcher
-Hierarchy and classification
-Data analysis
-TEI / MARC / etc

Bonus skills that could help, based on the material content:
-interest in history (esp late 18th century, and military)
-ability to read French / Quebecois
-non-profit management

Resources we have available:
-Microsoft SharePoint,
-Tons of storage space
-Technically inclined volunteers eager to learn

We're probably dreaming, but... it would be cool if it was possible to:
-Link an existing citation/mention in a document to the item referenced (either in our data, or an online catalog)
-Somehow maintain original file name data while still allowing re-naming to be more useful for us
-Integration with Zotero/Mendeley or similar (we don't currently use either/any such program, but are looking to)
-Associate a file with it's original source and relevant catalog information (ex: image downloaded from the MET Museum)

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About LE 85EM REGIMENT DE SAINTONGE 4TH MIDDLESEX MILITIA REGIMENT OF FOOT

Location:

PO BOX 854, SUDBURY, MA 01776, US

Mission Statement

LE 85EME REGIMENT DE SAINTONGE/4TH MIDDLESEX MILITIA REGIMENT OF FOOT, INC. aims to enlighten and entertain audiences of all ages through historically accurate portrayals of the life experiences of the everyday people who experienced the events of the American Revolution; enabling an understanding of the past that allows for deeper understandings of the lessons learned and their applicability to current affairs.

Description

Formed in 1979 , the recreated Regiment of Saintonge participated in events across the globe celebrating the bicentennial of the American Revolution, and was recognized for its Esprit de Corps at the commemoration of the Siege of Yorktown in 1981. Since then, the goal of enthusiastically representing the lesser known experiences of the formative years of the United States has driven our educational and original scholarly research programs. Immersive programs allow individuals and families to re-live for themselves a life impacted by a localized rebellion turned global war; classroom and educational sessions focus on making real-world connections to the past; curriculum development efforts work to integrate history across all subject areas; youth-oriented afterschool and weekend events offer age-targeted exposure on a wide scale, providing opportunity for hands-on interaction. Efforts towards advancing academic knowledge and making it more widely available include decades of original research based on previously undiscovered period documents, transcriptions and translations of manuscripts, and a collaborative network with researchers and institutions around the world.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Community
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Community, Education & Literacy

WHEN

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WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Library Sciences
  • Inventory Management
  • Information Architecture
  • Human Resources Information Systems
  • Research
  • Content Management Systems

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Up to you; define a task you can commit to through completion.
  • Open line of communication; document all work. Experience and confidence in skillset.

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