Metadata - what works, whatdoesn’t?                    Stephanie Taylor                    UKOLN, University of Bath      ...
About Me    Stephanie Taylor:       • Work with UKOLN as a research officer       • Work on the practical side of institut...
What Is Metadata?      Metadata is structured information       that describes, explains, locates,       or otherwise make...
Metadata is…     Structured data about “something”        • Text        • Images        • Sound        • Movement        •...
Metadata is…     Encountered every day       • Timetables       • Directories       • Internet shopping sites, etc    A ce...
Metadata is…     Stored in -        • Databases, repositories        • Web pages     Carriers        • Formats (e.g. MARC)...
Types of metadata     Descriptive       Structural       Administrative         • Rights management metadata         • Pre...
Why do you need it?     •To enable discovery of your digitised material     • To enable harvesting of your digitised     m...
Metadata Schemas     A metadata scheme is a sets of metadata     elements designed for a specific purpose,     such as des...
Current Standards      “Standards are like toothbrushes, everyone      agrees that they’re a good idea but nobody      wan...
Out of the box…      Realistically most people when first      establishing online digitised resource will work      with...
The “Other” Repositories      What *might* be a repository?        • Flickr?        • Google Docs?        • YouTube?      ...
Folksonomy & Tagging      Metadata for the people, by the peopl        • Keywords        • Descriptive        • Created by...
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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 workshop was designed to give repository managers an introduction to metadata as it related to their work.

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Metadata - What Works, What Doesn't? 2009

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Metadata is… Structured data about “something” • Text • Images • Sound • Movement • Objects • Events • Services A centre of expertise in digital information management4
  5. 5. Metadata is… Encountered every day • Timetables • Directories • Internet shopping sites, etc A centre of expertise in digital information management5
  6. 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. 7. Types of metadata Descriptive Structural Administrative • Rights management metadata • Preservation metadata A centre of expertise in digital information management7
  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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