Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD)

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GloPAD (Global Performing Arts Database) records include authoritative, detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world, plus information about related pieces, productions, performers, and creators. Approximately 4,500 objects are currently available. Much of this work was made possible by a major three-year grant (October 2002-September 2005) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Cornell University Library.

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    Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) Prospectus and Participants
    Global Performing Arts Consortium (Global Performing Arts Consortium, Cornell University, 2003)
    The prospectus includes an overview of the intended features and expansion plans for GloPAD. Also included is a list of project participants circa 2003, with brief bios.
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    Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) - Preservation version
    Global Performing Arts Consortium; Paolillo, Michelle (Global Performing Arts Consortium, Cornell University, 2023)
    A preservation copy of the data from GloPAD expressed as a compressed, Postgres database dump file called "glopad3.sql.gz" To work with this file, researchers will need to download, reimport/reestablish the file as a working Postgres database. After this, the record metadata can be explored natively. The database was built without foreign keys in the tables. During preservation, Cornell University Library Preservation Services refined a python script that injects the foreign keys into the tables of the database. The code that creates the foreign keys is called and the code to inject them is called add_foreign_keys.sql. The resulting improved database (dumped and compressed) is called All three files are also offered in addition to the original database export in case the researcher finds these more suitable for the research need. The full description and rationale for the preservation strategy is provided in the file "Preservation_of_GloPAD.docx".
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    The Global Performing Arts Database
    Houle, Paul A (2006-08-28T19:22:17Z)
    The Global Performing Arts Database, a project of the Global Performing Arts Consortium brings together multimedia content from university departments, individuals, museums and performing arts organizations. This presentation describes the architecture, software and software engineering practices used in the development of GloPAD.
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    Creating Video For An Online, Multilingual Database
    Global Performing Arts Consortium; Young, Joshua; Ochshorn, Robert (2006-07-25T19:27:51Z)
    Video subtitling and authoring instructions and examples developed as part of the Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD, see, an online, multilingual database project for materials and information on performing arts worldwide. As part of developing a system for our contributors to use we wrote up several sets of instructions on creating videos and subtitled videos for use on the GloPAD system. We have abstracted from those instructions some of the procedures we think are generally useful beyond our specific project.
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    Style sheet for GloPAD Video Project Explanation Web page
    GloPAC (2006-07-25T19:19:21Z)
    Just a .css style sheet to get the index html page to display correctly.
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    Subtitled Video of Noh Theatre Performance of Yorimasa, 1932
    Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute; Global Performing Arts Consortium (2006-07-25T18:00:07Z)
    A clip of selections of a 1932 performance of the noh play Yorimasa. The video has been annotated with a sound track, by the Nogami Memorial Noh Theatre Research Institute, and subtitled Japanese transcription and English translation of the audio, by GloPAC. Full information on the contents of this clip can be found in its record on the Global Performing Arts Database:
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    Documenting a Metadata Standard for the Performing Arts: An Application Profile for the Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD)
    Howard, Rachel; Brazell, Karen; Ferguson, Ann; Young, Joshua (2006-06-20T22:17:57Z)
    This paper explains the implementation of the metadata standards for the Global Performing Arts Database, a database of digital objects related to the performing arts worldwide. The paper discusses how the controlled vocabularies were developed, the existing metadata standards used, and how to read the GloPAD Application Profile, a version of which is attached to this record.
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    On Metadata: Performing Arts Materials In Our Digital World
    Young, Joshua (2006-06-20T22:04:18Z)
    This paper is intended to describe the development of the Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) system for performing arts materials, in particular to describe for non-information technology people the metadata structure on which this system is based and how this structuring relates to the study of performing arts. After a brief introduction to the workings of the database system, this paper discusses the crucial information structures for the study of performing arts histories, focusing in particular on how to describe performance productions, pieces that are performed, and the functions of people within the performing arts. The Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) is an online, multilingual system that collects and offers for display digital media and their descriptive information. While the database itself is a complex arrangement of tables and rows of numbers and text and relations among them, the real power of the system lies in the interfaces that allow information to be entered or extracted from that arrangement of data tables. The main power of these interfaces is that they allow many people to write and read on the same collection of items and their information. There are two main interfaces for GloPAD: an "Editors' Interface" that allows a group of editors to add and edit information and to upload digital files such as photos or video, and a "Public Interface" that displays the items and their related information. Both of these interfaces are Web-accessible. Structurally the heart of the GloPAD system is the Editors' Interface, for it is the environment that allows the collaborative addition and revision of information and it defines the records that can be created by editors. The event of performance is the core around which other information is built. The performance moment (which may be represented by the tenth of a second required to click a camera, or the 30 minutes of a video recording) is the momentary act of performance caught in the artifact object (digital object). The subject for GloPAD is the performing art history that is related to the artifact.