Development of Cultural Information Sources Using Digital Multimedia

Information Studies 208, UCLA  Spring 2001

Thurs 17:00-20:30, 111 GSE&IS Bldg

taught by Howard Besser 


T-Shirt Data Dictionary v.2.2: Cataloging Directions


If it's reasonable, use text on the shirt; otherwise assign the text.  Use both uppercase and lowercase as appropriate.

Text Printed on Shirt:

The text should be directly transcribed from the tshirt. If the text on the shirt is long, it is not necessary to transcribe more than 25 words, but the cataloger should carefully choose which words and include ellipses to indicate where words are missing.

If the text is in another language please write Non-Roman characters in the field.

 There will be three fields to input the text on shirt into: Front, Back, Sleeve.


The description should give a sense of what the tshirt looks like, particularly where the various lettering and iconic elements are positioned. Description will be entered in free form text and be approximately 4 or 5 lines long if appropriate.


Examine the existing list of subjects, and assign a term from there if appropriate.  Ad new terms if needed.  For divisions use the form space/dash/space (" - ").  Repeatable.

Iconic Elements:

This field is a description of the figure or figures depicted on the t-shirt. The Iconic Element field is not for the meaning of the image, which for our purposes would go in the "subject field", but rather, this field is for the pictorial depiction on the shirt.

The distinction between the iconic element and the subject of a picture is that same as that pertaining to the destinction between the denotion and connation of a word.


Use only if there is a legible signature of an artist on the t-shirt, or a copyright notice indicating an individual. In case of a well known artwork (e.g. "Last supper") without signature, leave the field blank.  Repeatable. Maximum field capacity: 20 characters

Publisher or Sponsor:

Use the name of a corporate body that can be extracted from the t-shirt without extensive research: either the corporate body's name or its well known logo are clearly recognizible on the item. Use commonly known acronyms, e.g. CIA, FBI, IRS, instead of full names. Beware of publisher's intent e.g. if the text on the t-shirt says: "US Government sucks!" DO NOT input US Government as the publisher! Repeatable. Maximum field capacity: 40 characters

Where Acquired:

If it can be determined, enter the place where the T-Shirt was acquired.  Where you are guessing, include a question mark.  Proper form for place is "Country - State - City", each separated by space/dash/space (" - "), so a shirt acquired in Monterey would be entered as "US - California - Monterey".

When Acquired:

If it can be reasonably dtermined, enter the date (or approximate date) when acquired.  Use the following format: "2001/04/19".

Image Manipulation:

Enter significant non-standard operations that affected the image, separated by semicolons. Valid entries include: 3-piece scan; wrinkle removal; cleaning; HSV (Hue/Saturation/Value) adjustments; LC (Ligtness/Contrast) adjustments; sharpening. Do not include required operations such as cropping, scaling, compression, or those that do not change the appearance of the image, such as rotation. Maximum field capacity: 80 characters.

Image Capture Device:

Enter type of device (scanner or digital camera ) and make and model of if known.


How Applied:


Enter the number of images that need to be taken, and if there are sleeves.  Possible options include

Location of Design:

Size of Shirt:

Size of Design in Inches:


Neck Style:

Sleeve Style:

Fabric Type:


Only fill this out if there are problems (pink, yellowed, holes).

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