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About this Guide

This guide is presented as a resource for librarians, archivists, museum professionals, students, and scholars who are involved in describing, digitizing, publishing, and studying historic maps of North Carolina. The guide is a product of the behind-the-scenes work that went into the North Carolina Maps digital project produced by the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library, the North Carolina State Archives, and the Outer Banks History Center.

Throughout the North Carolina Maps project, we have worked to develop a comprehensive metadata schema that would accommodate detailed descriptions of each map, but would at the same time be flexible enough to work with current and emerging metadata standards. Our two primary goals with this were two be able to bring together records created using different standards and present them in a single interface, and to develop a platform for sharing bibliographic and historical information about North Carolina maps.

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