How do our finding aids get from ATReference to DIMES?

Our finding aids get from AT Reference to DIMES in what is basically a three-step process:

  1. Data is exported from ATReference as EAD files
  2. Those files are then indexed in DIMES
  3. And finally, transformation processes are run on those files to convert them and have them display in a web browser.

On the surface, this is a relatively simple process. However, each of these steps involves a number of different technologies and paradigms for information storage, retrieval, and display. Continue reading