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Source Repositories & Contributing to the Repository
We have partnered with many museums, private collections, and historical societies from around Central Florida to upload primary sources to our database. The metadata is created or verified by professors in the History department at UCF. Some of our data is collected by students in class projects, or internships in which our students can receive a hands-on public history education. These students receive credit as the author of items or exhibits they create. Students and museums can easily contribute to our database using the “Add your Story” menu item on RICHES MI. The Contribution form will ask a series of questions about the item you are uploading in order to help us create the metadata. Metadata is information about the item that helps users find that item in the database.

After you upload your file, you will get an email asking for permission to make the information available on RICHES MI. The contribution process is fairly simple, but we will not make your item public until our metadata editor has verified the accuracy of the information, formatted the metadata by Dublin Core standards, and confirmed copyright protection. The metadata editor will add any additional metadata needed and possibly add some contextual information to the description. This process typically takes two weeks. We will contact you if we need additional information. Guidelines for metadata are available and scanning are available here.

For a complete list of our current source repositories look in the Source Repository drop down on the Text search tab on the RICHES MI. See below for our list of partners. Professors who want to use RICHES MI for their classroom can click here to find an Instructor’s Guide.