Ziziphus Help

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Welcome!

On these pages we are currently creating the online help system for Ziziphus, the VRA Core 4 XML based editor for digital still image metadata. The Ziziphus editor is part of the Tamboti Metadata Framework developed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe", University of Heidelberg.

Ziziphus is a digital still image metadata editor. It is based on the VRA core 4 XML schema which was developed by the Visual Resources Association. A key feature of VRA core is the distinction between works of art ("works") and their visual representation ("images"), which can be organised in collections. Ziziphus is among the first open source implementations of a VRA editor. Its user-friendly interface offers XForms based editing of metadata, which means that users are not confronted with raw XML. Still, Ziziphus stores all data entered directly in VRA Core 4 XML. 

The Ziziphus editor integrates controlled vocabularies for a number of elements, like the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) for agents and subjects identifying people, or the Getty Thesauri for subjects, material, or locations. Users or projects may also create and use local authority lists with project specific entries and optionally share these to other users.

The Ziziphus editor is developed by the HRA in a co-operation with betterFORM and eXist-solutions.

Expanding VRA Core for Transcultural Studies

Using VRA Core 4 in a Digital Humanities environment for Transcultural Studies required some changes to the schema, for instance to expand the language, script, and transliteration encodings. Some of these extensions were introduced at the Visual Resources Association's 32nd Annual Conference, Milwaukee, in the presentation "VRA Core 4 in Transcultural Studies - Adopting Core 4 XML in a DH Environment" on March 13, 2014. 

All local extensions are documented and available for discussion in a shared online document.

Screencasts and presentations

March 2014:

For the 2014 Annual Conference of the Visual Resources Association "VRA 32, A Visual Approach" we prepared a screencast which demonstrates some of the editor's features: after a search in Tamboti one record is opened in Ziziphus, switching between different views is demonstrated, some elementSets are shown in more detail: agent, description, subjects, title. 

Note: For best video quality hover with the mouse on the video, click on the gear icon (bottom right) to open the Settings and set the resolution to 480p.

"VRA Core 4 in Transcultural Studies - Adopting Core 4 XML in a DH Environment." Session 8, VRA Core 4 Unbound: Expanding Core capabilities through embedded metadata, APIs, and editors. Session abstract | Slides

October 2014:

In another presentation held at the ARLIS/ANZ 2014 Conference in October 2014 Matthias Arnold demonstrated the workflow from uploading a new image, adding (selected) metadata elements in Ziziphus, to seaching and finding the updated record in Tamboti. 

Note: For best video quality hover with the mouse on the video, click on the gear icon (bottom right) to open the Settings and set the resolution to 480p.

"Ziziphus: An online editor for VRA Core 4 XML metadata." Session Steady as she goes: Images and the Visual Resources Association: preserving the past while embracing the future. Conference website

Ziziphus Help 

On these pages we are now compiling support material for Ziziphus users. 

Feedback

Please give us feedback! You can send us a mail, give us a call, or visit us at our Heidelberg office: 

Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies Voßstraße 2, Building 4400, Room 005b 69115 Heidelberg Phone: +49 - 6221 - 54 4094 Geohash: http://geohash.org/u0y1jdz2x

last update: 2014-07-15 ma