Thankful I Grew Up in Football Watching Family

Although I do not claim any sort of expertise in football, I do feel that I know and understand some of the basic rules.  Little did I know that this basic knowledge would help me immensely in being the Subject Element instructions writer.

Developing the instructions for the subject element requires some knowledge of the game, especially in developing the subject terms.  When we started this project, I didn’t realize it would also help me to translate some of this knowledge to my peers.

It has been a fun experience to work collaboratively with people all across the United States for this one goal to index Alabama football images, all the while communicating through several electronic forums: blogs, tweets, and emails.

Not only am I thankful for my background knowledge that helped in creating my element, but I am also thankful for this metadata family that has made my last semester at Alabama a wonderful experience.

Thank you, my fellow LS566ers!


Help with Subjects Terms

Hello fellow LS566ers!  Just a few helpful things about passes and kicks.

Passes – you have three to chose from: Forward, Lateral, and Screen.  Forward passes can only be thrown be the QB and are thrown in such a manner that the ball will cross the line of scrimmage.  Lateral passes can be thrown by anyone but the ball cannot go beyond where the player throwing the ball is located (i.e. – player is on opposing team’s 35-yard line, he cannot though to someone on opposing team’s 33-yard line b/c that moves the ball forward toward the goal line).  Screen pass is thrown by the QB toward a player on the edge of the field who has a blocker ready in front of him so they can run down the field together.

Kicks – you have three-ish: Kickoff, Extra point, Field goal, and Punt (this one is not like the others).  Kickoff kicks occur at the beginning of each half and after either team scores.  Extra point kicks are made after a touchdown for an extra point and the ball is snapped from the 3-yard line making is a short kick to the goal post.  Field goal kicks occur on a fourth down (the team is close to loosing their turn on offense) when the line of scrimmage is within the opposing team’s 40-yard line (only 40 yards to goal line), and the team receives three points if the ball is kicked through the goal post.

A Punt is different from the other types of kicks because the ball is kicked in mid-air rather than from the ground (think soccer goalie punting the soccer ball away from the goal box).  Punts occur on the 4th down when the line of scrimmage is too far from the opponent’s goal post to attempt a field goal.  The purpose of the punt is to get the ball as far from your teams goal line as possible so once it’s the opposing team’s possession/turn, they have more yards to run, throw, or kick the ball in order to score.

Those were the two areas I’ve seen the most questions.  I hope that helps – and if I have something mistaken, please let me know – last thing I want to do is lead anyone astray.

Final note, please tweet me notice of questions @ChristyAnneCoan b/c I don’t always see all the blog questions.

Thank you!

Problems Doing One Element All at Once

So today I worked on the Player Name Element for all of my ten images in a sitting.  Luckily, I went back and double checked the element.  I found that I began using “Texas” when identifying Penn State players.  I started my player naming with my five BSC National Championship images.  I must have gotten into a rhythm of identifying any non-Alabama players as Texas players.

Thankfully, I saw my mistake in time.  But it goes to show you how careful indexers must be.  Although the other elements identify the correct team, once the indexer is finished, it is unluckily the error would be found and corrected anytime soon.  Lesson learned – always double check indexing work.  🙂

Google News Archives

Again, searching for indexing information has proved incredibly interesting.  Although the YouTube video of the 1975 Sugar Bowl has proved immensely helpful, it does not always prove helpful to determine player name spellings.

After conducting more searches via Google, I found archives of news paper reports of the game.  I have not had luck in finding rosters of the games that list all players numbers, particularly those of Penn State players (if anyone has helpful search term suggestions, all are welcome!).  The archived articles include key player positions along with the player’s name.

Unfortunately, they do not include player numbers for additional assurance that I have correctly named the player.  But having the correct spelling is a definite plus!

YouTube Helped My Indexing

As I am working on the indexing project, I am searching for names of players in the 1975 Sugar Bowl with Alabama and Penn State.  My search pulled up a YouTube video – I clicked on it and proceeded to watch out of curiosity.

The video highlighted all sorts of things about the game – the use of the recently built Super Dome, the crowning of the Sugar Bowl Queen, snippets of the bands, and clips of major plays. One of play clips included footage of Penn State’s missed 62-yard field goal.  I was able to watch the images and listen to the narration in the clip and compare them to one of my images to verify if the action described in the clip was the same action in the photo.

The narration of the play gave me (1) the Penn State place kicker’s name, (2) the quarter in which the action took place, (3) the yardage of the attempt, and (4) information as to whether he was successful.

I wasn’t expecting this video to be of much help for my specific image.  At most, I hoped the video would let me know if Alabama was white for this game since the image for indexing was in black and white.  Little did know it would give me much more!

Thought Bubble on Edition Element

As I’m working on my presentation of ONIX metadata schema, I was reviewing the Edition element.  It have various composite elements within that include sub-attributes to best describe the edition of the work.  I found it interesting that religious works had several composites within the edition element to describe all the different ways this one religious text differs from the another textual representation of the same work – it may be a different translation, in a different language, or have special commentary.

It highlights two things to me: (1) a religious work is printed, reprinted, or updated far more than other types of work and (2) it reflects the history of libraries being a work of monks of different religious doctrines.

Just a thought bubble – I found it interesting that religious texts are treated as a special grouping in metadata.

Changes to Subject Terms

Hello fellow LS566ers!  I updated the subject vocab terms.  Adam brought to my attention a running play for which he had no term to identify the subject play in the picture.

The action appeared to be a rushing play (after consulting with folks that know football better than myself).  The problem with the term “rushing” is that it has two means depending on whether its an offensive or defensive move.  So my solution to this problem was to add both to the subject vocabulary list.

They are now updated on the Wikispace for the subject element instructions as well as the simple vocab in Omeka.  But for your convenience, I’m listing them below.  Please let me know your thoughts or if you think they should be tweaked or altered in any way!  I had to get help on figuring out a solution to this one, so I’m no expert when it comes to football and welcome input!  🙂

This is a defensive play where defensive players charge across the line of scrimmage towards the quarterback or kicker. The purpose is tackling, hurrying or flushing the quarterback, or blocking or disrupting a kick.
This in an offensive running play with the ball starting from behind the line of scrimmage. The rushing play is usually done by the running back after a hand-off from the quarterback, although quarterbacks and wide receivers can also rush.