“Exploring Women’s Suffrage: Connecticut Collections Alliance”

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    Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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    Using the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) as the technology platform, funding enables this six-month pilot project to test a methodology for improved “tagging” of metadata, with the end goal of facilitating the discoverability of content and the interoperability of disparate databases, to meet contemporary end-user interests. Women’s suffrage was selected as the ideal trial subject, both because of ongoing centennial preparations and for the topic’s illustrative value, demonstrating how historically undermined subject areas like women’s history suffer from inadequate, inconsistent metadata and antiquated cataloging protocols that essentially suppressed women’s voices within the historical record. Building on a successful, 20-year collaboration of Connecticut-based organizations including Connecticut History Illustrated, Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) technology platform, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Connecticut State Library, Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO), and Connecticut Humanities (CTH), this project will explore a methodology for identifying and correcting historical record keeping discrepancies, so that humanities content can be realized in its fullest expression. The metadata enhancement will take place from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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