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    Meditations/Metadata in an Emergency Meditations/Metadata in an Emergency Presentation Transcript

    • Meditations/Metadata in an Emergency DAVID BANUSH ANN CALDWELL NELINET MAY 27, 2009
    • I am needed by things as the sky must be above the earth. --Frank O’Hara, “Meditations in an Emergency”
    • Emergencies •Economic •Competition •Demographic
    • Questions •What are the questions we need to ask? •What evidence do we have to guide us? •How can we make use of “more product, less process” and still meet the needs of users?
    • Questions •Does metadata really matter? • Low cost/high utility? • E-texts, computational analysis, “ambient findability” • What is the return on investment?
    • Questions •Where are we as a community?
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    • Questions •Where are we as a community? • This slide intentionally left blank • Resistance to core • LC series decision
    • Questions •Where are we as a community? • CONSER standard record (and BIBCO) • Archives (Green/Meisner report) • RDA core elements
    • It's like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over. --Frank O’Hara, “Meditations in an Emergency”
    • What I’ve learned in the last 30 years
    • What from MARC cataloging is applicable to digital metadata? We’re well-prepared to create metadata We may be too well-prepared
    • What can we learn from metadata for digital projects?
    • Group approach
    • Anyone can create metadata
    • Standards Apply? Don’t apply? Which ones? What difference will it make?
    • Define a minimal level record
    • Authority control? Who? What? When? Where? Why?
    • Subject analysis Might be useful Might not be Will definitely be a lot of work
    • If you say “keyword” once more I’ll smack you!
    • Would you like a genre with that?
    • Abstracts We LOVE abstracts! Just one short abstract
    • What you see is what you get
    • Tools Be lazy Macros Friendly tools
    • Advice Don’t sweat the small stuff What’s important, what’s not? Where can you compromise?
    • RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF!