Sir John William Thomson-Walker (1871-1927), surgeon and print collector, acquired an outstanding collection of over 2,000 engraved portraits of physicians dating from the 16th to 20th centuries. He bequeathed the collection to the University, along with an endowment that has allowed further acquisitions. 427 prints from the collection were scanned and are available at Of these, 250 had catalogue metadata added into the Luna system by Andy Grout in 2014. Artists, printers and sitters were identified using the LCNAF and appropriate reference sources, but mark up for the source was not included due to limitations of cataloguing in Luna.

The project aims to build on the 2015/2016 metadata innovation project, with a case study to enhance and re-purpose existing metadata. Such an initiative would be of interest to comparator institutions and could form the basis of future collaborative projects. Objectives: Enhance the student experience by increasing the range of L&UC’s collections available via a single search point and with improved metadata; and  by pairing a student intern with experienced staff. Make the collection a flagship test for delivery to in IIIF format, improving access to the public, transfer between institutions and the experience of all users of our image collections. Populate Vernon with SPECTRUM metadata for the catalogued prints. Cross-walk the metadata into MARC format for editing in RIMMF software, which will produce RDA data sets in MARC21 format and an R-Ball of RDA linked data in RDF/XML format for the physical and digital objects. Establish forms of names for associated creator and subject persons against international authority and reference sources, recording permalink URIs in both RDA data sets, Vernon and Luna. Create authority controlled metadata for export DiscoverEd in PNX format. Create RDA authority metadata for persons of Scottish interest not recorded in international authority programmes.

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Report Date RAG Budget Effort Completed Effort to complete
July 2017 GREEN 0.0 days 0.0 days 0.0

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Enhanced metadata and access for the Thomson-Walker collection of medical portraits online
IS Innovation - Library & University Collections (LCI)
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Alasdair MacDonald
Project Sponsor
Jeremy Upton
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