Metadata - What Works, What Doesn't? 2009

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A presentation to accompany a workshop I ran on behalf of UKOLN - http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ - , University of Bath, at the Repositories Support Project Winter School in 2009 - http://www.rsp.ac.uk/. The …

A presentation to accompany a workshop I ran on behalf of UKOLN - http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ - , University of Bath, at the Repositories Support Project Winter School in 2009 - http://www.rsp.ac.uk/. The workshop was designed to give repository managers an introduction to metadata as it related to their work.

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  • 1. Metadata - what works, whatdoesn’t? Stephanie Taylor UKOLN, University of Bath E - s.taylor@ukoln.ac.ukUKOLN is supported by: This work is licensed under a Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licenceA centre of expertise in digital information management (but note caveat)
  • 2. About Me Stephanie Taylor: • Work with UKOLN as a research officer • Work on the practical side of institutional repositories • Worked on the first phase of the RSP UKOLN: • National centre of expertise in digital information management • Located at the University of Bath A centre of expertise in digital information management2
  • 3. What Is Metadata? Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource. Source: NISO (2004) Understanding Metadata. Bethesda, NISO Press. A centre of expertise in digital information management3
  • 4. Metadata is… Structured data about “something” • Text • Images • Sound • Movement • Objects • Events • Services A centre of expertise in digital information management4
  • 5. Metadata is… Encountered every day • Timetables • Directories • Internet shopping sites, etc A centre of expertise in digital information management5
  • 6. Metadata is… Stored in - • Databases, repositories • Web pages Carriers • Formats (e.g. MARC) • Markup languages (e.g. HTML, SGML, XML) A centre of expertise in digital information management6
  • 7. Types of metadata Descriptive Structural Administrative • Rights management metadata • Preservation metadata A centre of expertise in digital information management7
  • 8. Why do you need it? •To enable discovery of your digitised material • To enable harvesting of your digitised material by external systems • To help you organise your digitised material • To support archiving and preservation A centre of expertise in digital information management8
  • 9. Metadata Schemas A metadata scheme is a sets of metadata elements designed for a specific purpose, such as describing a particular type of information resource. A centre of expertise in digital information management9
  • 10. Current Standards “Standards are like toothbrushes, everyone agrees that they’re a good idea but nobody wants to use anyone else’s.” From a Murtha Baca presentation Dublin Core (Simple, Qualified, Application Profiles) MARC, ONIX EAD MODS, METS, DIDL, PREMIS, MIX, RSLP- CD etc. A centre of expertise in digital information management10
  • 11. Out of the box… Realistically most people when first establishing online digitised resource will work with what comes out of the box … but fields can be added and schemes customised.  Explore types and field structures at an early stage and set up your metadata scheme.  Consider local needs such as departmental and project work structures and any local decisions needed about subject fields etc. A centre of expertise in digital information management11
  • 12. The “Other” Repositories What *might* be a repository? • Flickr? • Google Docs? • YouTube? • SlideShare? • Wikipedia? • Twitter? A centre of expertise in digital information management12
  • 13. Folksonomy & Tagging Metadata for the people, by the peopl • Keywords • Descriptive • Created by and for human beings • Inconsistent • Personal • Shared • Created on the fly • Unstructured A centre of expertise in digital information management13