Rethinking shared metadata at the platform level

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  • This is the dplaShow the collectionsShow the exhibits
  • The trick with silos is to create metadata flexible enough to help build those connections


  • 1. Rethinking shared metadataat the platform levelTerry ReeseHead, Digital InitiativesThe Ohio State UniversityPotential impacts of national repository efforts like the Digital PublicLibrary of America
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  • 3. ….to meet the challenge of re-envisioning libraryspaces as a platform for research
  • 4. 100,000 ft view Evolving the role of the library from just information provider, to that of a key partner throughoutthe research process Greater reliance on webs of data And the emergence of services developed from their aggregates Identities DPLA Map We are starting to see the end of boutique development, collections, and local metadata schemas inthe library space Standards if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. (
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  • 6. 50,000 ft view Libraries as virtual spaces And promotion of equity of access Blurring of differences between public/private/academic needs Libraries are comfortable with silos, let’s own it, and come to terms with it
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  • 11. 30,000 ft view Large data aggregations and partnerships like the DPLA and Europeana willredefine and change for the better our notions of attribution or licensing ofmetadata Information doesn’t want to just be free, it wants to be very promiscuous. Libraries will largely recognize and adopt crowd-source metadata descriptionfor special and unique collections The institution will continue to become more transparent, as aggregationsand linked data create the ability to create exhibits and collections frommultiple sources.
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  • 14. Why is the DPLA Important Why is this important? The content is interesting, but not the most interesting part – what is mostinteresting is A large corpus of Metadata released under CC0 license (essentially into the public domain) Metadata being used as a platform Potential to build new services Potential to build new applications Pushes libraries to think critically about the partners they work with an how thosepartnerships can have impacts downstream Potentially, it starts to change the nature of how people interact with the library and it’smetadata.
  • 15. Questions?