Exposing collection data for harvesting is challenging for cultural institutions, more so when the “standard” data schema is in transition during the project. The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) encountered this challenge as it worked towards exposing collection data in the CDWA Lite schema using the OCLC Museum Data Exchange (MDE), open source tools. Concurrent with the YCBA project, CDWA Lite was superseded by the LIDO schema, offering the YCBA opportunity to use the more robust LIDO schema, and the challenge to find appropriate software. Identifying an absence of LIDO tools, the YCBA choose to extend the MDE project CDWA Lite tools to support the LIDO schema, and in the process developed efficient software for exposing data in the LIDO schema. This paper is a digital road trip documenting the YCBA project from the collection cataloging decisions to using the YCBA developed 2nd generation MDE tools to expose collection data in the LIDO schema.


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