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SEPIADES software tool

From: Yola de Lusenet <ecpa>
Date: Monday, October 25, 2004
Within the framework of the SEPIA (Safeguarding European
Photographic Images for Access) <URL:>
project, the Working Group on Descriptive Models developed a model
and set of recommendations for cataloguing photographic collections.
This model, called SEPIADES, consists of a wide range of suggested
elements to describe digitally born as well as analogue photographic
materials. It allows cataloguing on item as well as grouping or
collection level.

On the basis of these recommendations, in close cooperation with the
Working Group, an open-source software tool has been built to
implement the SEPIADES model.  The main features of the SEPIADES
software tool are:

    *   multi-level description, allowing users to create their own

    *   flexible and easy customizing to specific demands of users,
        providing extensive control over interface and contents

    *   cross-platform, running on Microsoft Windows 98 (1st or 2nd
        edition), NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 5 or later), ME, XP, and
        2000 (with Service Pack 2 or later), OS X and Linux kernel v
        2-2-12 and glibc v2-1-2-11 or later

    *   storage of records in human-readable XML format

    *   export function to Dublin Core according to recommended
        Dublin Core mapping by SEPIA Working Group on Descriptive

    *   search-and-retrieval function, based on Jakarta Lucene

    *   implementation of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for
        Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), enabling users to share their
        data with others with minimal effort

    *   programmed in Java, allowing flexible integration with
        existing descriptive software packages

    *   GNU LGPL license, open source release

    *   UTF-8 compliant

Version 1.1. of the software tool can now be freely downloaded (as
zip file)  from


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    email. There should be no newline.

Here you will find more background information, a user manual and
technical documentation on the software tool.
For any comments, questions, remarks etc. please contact

           Edwin Klijn
           European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)
           PO Box 19121, NL-1000 GC Amsterdam
           The Netherlands
           +31 20 551 08 39
           Fax: +31 20 620 49 41
           edwin.klijn [at] bureau__knaw__nl

We greatly encourage everyone to have a look at the tool and hope it
will contribute to improve accessibility to our shared visual

Kristin Aasbo
Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority
National Library of Norway

Isabel Ortega Garcia
National Library of Spain

Anne Isomursu
Finnish Museum of Photography

Torsten Johansson
Stockholm City Museum
The Royal Library, National Library of Sweden

Edwin Klijn
European Commission on Preservation and Access (ECPA)

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Received on Monday, 25 October, 2004

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