University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution

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Scope

The University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution digital collection features oral histories, photographs, video recordings, and visual art that document the January 25th Revolution. The digital collection preserves the history of the 18 Days in Egypt and beyond by collecting content from activists, participants, and observers from the American University in Cairo as well as members of the larger Egyptian and global communities.

Provenance

University on the Square: Documenting Egypt’s 21st Century Revolution is a participatory archives initiative developed by the American University in Cairo in February 2011. The digital collection continues to grow as project contributors share their experiences through oral history interviews and donations.

The University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

File Names

Oral Histories

Use the following formulas to create file names for the oral histories:

UOTS _ Oral-Histories _ Interviewee _ ####
UOTS _ Oral-Histories _ Interviewee _ Summary _ ####
  • UOTS refers to the documentation project, University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution Photographs.
  • Oral-Histories refers to the format.
  • Interviewee refers to the first and last names of the interviewee. First and last names are separated by a hyphen.
  • #### refers to the item number.
  • Separate each section with an underscore.

Examples

UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0001.wav
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0002.wav
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0001.mp3
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0002.mp3
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0001.doc
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0002.doc
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0001.pdf
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_0002.pdf
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_Summary_0001.doc
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_Summary_0002.doc
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_Summary_0001.pdf
UOTS_Oral-Histories_Enaam-Ali_Summary_0002.pdf

Photographs

Use the following formula to create file names for digital photographs:

UOTS _ Photos _ Photographer _ ####
  • UOTS refers to the documentation project, University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution Photographs.
  • Photos refers to the format.
  • Photographer refers to the first and last names of the photographer. First and last names are separated by a hyphen.
  • #### refers to the item number
  • Separate each section with an underscore.

Examples

UOTS_Photos_Ahmed-Eldiwany_0001
UOTS_Photos_Ahmed-Eldiwany_0002

Video Recordings

Use the following formula to create file names for the videos:

UOTS _ Videos _ Videographer _ ####
  • UOTS refers to the documentation project, University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution.
  • Videos refers to the format.
  • Videographer refers to the first and last names of the photographer. First and last names are separated by a hyphen.
  • #### refers to the item number
  • Separate each section with an underscore.

Examples

UOTS_Videos_Amy-Rowe_0001
UOTS_Videos_Amy-Rowe_0002

File Management

Use the following hierarchy template to organize files:

  1. University on the Square Documenting Egypts 21st Century Revolution
    1. Oral Histories
      1. Interviews
        1. Delivery Master
        2. Preservation Master
      2. Transcripts
        1. Delivery
        2. Delivery Master
        3. Preservation Master
      3. Summaries
    2. Photographs
      1. Delivery
      2. Delivery Master
      3. Preservation Master
    3. Videos
      1. Delivery
      2. Delivery Master
      3. Preservation Master

Metadata

Description

Field Name Scope Note Required?
Title
  • Enter a brief but descriptive title in English.
  • Capitalize the first word of the title, and enter in lowercase all other words except proper nouns.
  • Do not include initial articles, unless an integral part of the title and/or provided by the creator as the true title. This allows the system to index by title alphabetically.
Artist
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[2]
Author
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[3]
Interviewee
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[4]
Interviewer
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[4]
Photographer
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[5]
Videographer
  • Enter a name from the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1].
  • If an authorized name is not found in the Library of Congress Name Authority File[1], create one based on AACR2 rules.
[6]
Description
  • Enter supplemental descriptive information such as a free text summary.
  • End field with a period.
  • Avoid simply restating the title.
  • When transcribed, enter source of information using one of or a combination of the following options: Photographer's description: ____. Text in image: _____. Translation of text in image: _____.
  • Enter the names of people in pictures using the following: Pictured from left to right: _____.
  • If an exact date or date range is unknown for an item, you may enter circa dates, and undated information in the description, e.g. This photograph is undated. This photograph was taken circa 1990. Be sure to enter approximate date ranges in the dc.date.created field. For example, if a photograph was taken circa 1924, enter 1920-1930 in the dc.date.create field. Be as specific as possible when entering date ranges.
Name
  • Use to record a person, family or corporate body that is the subject of the item being described. For example, enter the names of people pictured in a photograph in this field. Do not include the name of the creator unless he/she is also the subject of the item.
  • Refer to the list of approved Names below.
Topic
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings [1] should be used to record specific topical information about the image and its context to the collection. Additionally, when describing items that are graphic in nature, such as photographs, use Subjects.
  • Include terms for places such as in this field if the object being described relates directly to the location. For example, an aerial photograph of Luxor should include Luxor (Egypt) in the Subject-LCSH field.
  • Refer to the list of approved Topics below.
Subject
  • Use this field to inventory the items depicted in an image, e.g. Protest posters, Monuments & memorials, etc.
  • Look up terms in the Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials[7]. Be sure to use subject terms, not genre/format terms.
  • Refer to the list of approved Subjects below.
[8]
Location
  • Look up terms in the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names[9].
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in order of decreasing specificity.
  • Refer to the list of approved Locations below.
Date Created
  • Format the date according ISO 8601 standard:
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-YYYY
  • If the date is entirely unknown, do not enter text like “undated.” Instead, narrow the date to a date range, e.g. 1900-1999.
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in chronological order.
Date Submitted
  • Format the date according ISO 8601 standard:
    • YYYY-MM-DD
    • YYYY-MM
    • YYYY
    • YYYY-YYYY
  • If the date is entirely unknown, do not enter text like “undated.” Instead, narrow the date to a date range, e.g. 1900-1999.
  • List multiple entries separated by a semicolon in chronological order.
Type
  • Enter the characteristic and general type of content of the resource.
  • Look up terms using the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary[10].
  • Refer to the list of approved Types below.
Format
  • Enter Internet Media Type[11].
Extent
  • Enter dimensions of original in W x H unit or measurement, using the metric system (e.g. mm. or cm.) or digital image measurement (e.g. px.).
  • Abbreviate units, such as px. or mm. End each unit of measurement with a period.
  • Include moving image and sound recording run times in HH:MM:SS format, using leading zeros when necessary.
  • Include the number of pages when applicable, in ### p. format. End p with a period.
Medium
  • Enter original format or medium information in this field.
  • Look up terms in the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus[12].
Language
  • Enter the ISO 639-1 Language Code[1] for items with linguistic content.
  • Leave this field blank if there is no linguistic content.
Identifier
  • Enter a unique identifier.
  • The identifier should be the same as the digital file name and correspond with the physical collection.
Collection
  • Enter the title of the digital collection to which the resource belongs.
Source
  • Enter the collection, repository, and institution.
License
  • Enter copyright information.
Access Rights
  • Enter permission and reproduction request information.

Preservation

Label Scope Note Required
File Name
  • Name of the file automatically concatenated by combining the identifier with the file extension.
File Extension
  • Enter the file extension of the delivery file.
Original Identifier
  • Enter the original file name if different from identifier.

Workflow

Label Scope Note Required
Note
  • Add internal only notes about the record/object.
Date Entered
  • Indicate the date that the metadata record was original entered.
Date Reviewed-Student
  • Indicate the date that the metadata was reviewed by a student employee or volunteer.
Date Reviewed-Archivist
  • Indicate the date that the metadata record was reviewed by the Digital Collections Archivist.
Date Selected
  • Indicate the date that the item was selected for inclusion in the digital collection by the Digital Collections Archivist.
Date Uploaded
  • Indicate the date that the item was uploaded to the digital collection by the Digital Collections Archivist.

Controlled Vocabularies

Name

  • Al-Ḥizb Al-Maṣrī Al-Dimuqrāṭī Al-Ijtmāʿī [13]
  • Bush, George, 1924-
  • Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
  • Clinton, Bill, 1946-
  • Ghonim, Wael, 1980-
  • Gihaz al-Mukhabarat al-Amma [14]
  • Ḥizb al-Waṭanī al-Dīmuqrāṭī [15]
  • Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn [16]
  • Matḥaf al-Miṣrī [17]
  • Mubarak, Alaa
  • Mubarak, Gamal
  • Mubārak, Muḥammad Ḥusnī, 1928-
  • Mubārak, Sūzān
  • Obama, Barack
  • Regan, Ronald J.

Topic

  • Antisemitism
  • Armies
  • Art
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Comparative government
  • Coptic Church
  • Crime prevention
  • Democracy
  • Democratization
  • Demonstrations
  • Egypt
  • Executions
  • Foreign relations
  • First aid in illness and injury
  • Human rights
  • Islam
  • Jewish-Arab relations
  • Medical care
  • Music
  • Online social networks
  • Police brutality
  • Protest movements
  • Political corruption
  • Political violence
  • Politics and government
  • Press coverage
  • Revolutions
  • Riot control
  • Robbery
  • Sexual harassment of women
  • Tourism
  • Tunisia
  • United States
  • Victims of state-sponsored terrorism
  • War and emergency legislation
  • Women political activists

Subject

  • Abandoned vehicles [18]
  • Armored vehicles [19]
  • Arms & armament[20]
  • Barricades
  • Bumper stickers
  • Buses
  • Cameras
  • Crowds
  • Executions in effigy
  • Fires [21]
  • Fireworks
  • Graffiti
  • Helicoptors
  • Lampposts
  • Masks
  • Monuments and memorials
  • Neighborhood watch programs
  • Newspapers
  • Protest posters
  • Religious books
  • Soldiers
  • Streets
  • Tanks (Military science)
  • Toilets
  • T-shirts
  • Tear gas [22]
  • Vehicles

Location

  • Alexandria; Al-Iskandarīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Al Jazīrah; Al-Jīzah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Al Maʻādī; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Al Muhandasīn; Al-Jīzah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • As Sayyidah Zaynab; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Ash Sharqīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Az Zamālik; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Banhā; Al-Qalyūbīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Geneva; Genève; Switzerland; Europe
  • Giza; Al-Jīzah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Ḩadā'iq al Qubbah; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa [23]
  • Ḥulwān; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Jāmi' al Azhar; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa [24]
  • Kūbrī al Jalā'; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa [25]
  • Madīnat an Naşr; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Miṣr al Jadīdah; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa [26]
  • Old Cairo; Cairo; Al-Qāhirah governorate; Egypt; Africa
  • Oxford; Oxfordshire; England; United Kingdom; Europe
  • Ţūkh; Al-Qalyūbīyah governorate; Egypt; Africa

Type

  • Moving Image
  • Sound
  • Still Image
  • Text

Format

  • audio/mpeg
  • image/jp2
  • video/mp4

Medium

  • collages (visual works)
  • digital images
  • drawings (visual works)
  • oral histories (document genres)
  • video recordings
  • watercolors (paintings)

Language

  • ar
  • en
  • fr
  • it

Source

  • University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution oral histories; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo
  • University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution photographs; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo
  • University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution visual art; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo
  • University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution written works; Rare Books and Special Collections Library; American University in Cairo

Common Words

Use the list of commonly used words for spelling content in descriptions and transcripts. The spellings of these words does not override controlled vocabularies.

  • Ḥusnī Mubārak
  • Mohamed Mahmoud Street
  • Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
  • January 25 Revolution
  • Saʻd Zaghlūl Square
  • Taḥrīr Square
  • Ṭalʻat Ḥarb Square
  • Qaşr al-Aini Street
  • Qaşr al-Nīl Bridge
  • Qur'an
  • Sheikh Rihan Street

Related Links

  1. University on the Square: Documenting Egypt's 21st Century Revolution project Web site

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Library of Congress Authorities
  2. For art only.
  3. For writings only.
  4. 4.0 4.1 For oral histories only.
  5. For photographs only.
  6. For videos only.
  7. Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials
  8. For photographs, videos, and art only.
  9. Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
  10. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Type Vocabulary
  11. Internet Media Types
  12. Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus
  13. For Egyptian Social Democratic Party.
  14. For General Intelligence Services.
  15. For National Democratic Party.
  16. For Muslim Brotherhood.
  17. For the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.
  18. For vehicles that have been abandoned. This does not necessarily apply to the burned out vehicles.
  19. For armored cars and trucks. Use Tanks (Military science) for tanks.
  20. For tear gas canisters and other weapons. Use Tear gas for clouds of tear gas.
  21. For destructive fires. Includes the event and any resulting damage.
  22. For clouds of tear gas. Use Arms & armament for tear gas canisters.
  23. For Garden City.
  24. For Al Azhar Mosque.
  25. For Jala Bridge.
  26. For Heliopolis.
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