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Unlocking the value : metadata and linked data at the British Library / Alan Danskin (British Library)


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Presented at the CIG Scotland seminar 'Metadata and linked data : projects, experiments and services in libraries' in Edinburgh, 12th September 2016

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Unlocking the value : metadata and linked data at the British Library / Alan Danskin (British Library)

  1. 1. Unlocking the Value metadata strategy and linked data at the British Library Alan Danskin Collection Metadata Standards Manager CIGS Metadata and Linked Data Seminar, Edinburgh 12/9/2016
  2. 2. 2 Overview • Brief Introduction • Collection Metadata Strategy: Why? How? What? • Linked data
  3. 3. 3 British Library The National Library of the United Kingdom London Boston Spa Stockton on Tees
  4. 4. 4 British Library Metadata Services The British Library Act records our role as “national centre for… bibliographical & other information services” BL Metadata Services: • Originally offered priced services & evolved through many technologies • Began to offer open data in 2010 & Linked Open Data in 2011 • Collection Metadata Strategy published in 2015
  5. 5. 5 Collection Metadata Strategy Why?
  6. 6. 6 New Challenges 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 1949 1970 1973 1978 1980 1982 1984 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 Ebooks by Year of Original Publication No.of Items 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 Ebooks by Publication Location No. of items
  7. 7. 7 Legacy Challenges Hidden Metadata • Printed catalogues • Superseded electronic media • Uncatalogued resources • Legacy metadata
  8. 8. 8 Legacy Metadata Challenges 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 2013 2014 % Records containing Language of Content Foundation catalogues Integrated Catalogue Annual Production Discovery Research Bibliometrics Management Information Visualisation Collection Management
  9. 9. 9 Legacy Challenges Hidden Metadata • Printed catalogues • Superseded electronic media • Uncatalogued resources • Legacy metadata Silos • Responsibility • Workflows • Systems
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  11. 11. 11 Collection Metadata Strategy How?
  12. 12. 12 Collection Metadata - Uses Internal External Direct To record:  Resource description & availability for discovery & access  Collection inventory  Preservation requirements  Licensed content rights  Legal deposit & purchased claims  Representation of BL holdings in shared catalogues  Re-use in 3rd party commercial services  Derived cataloguing by other libraries  Identification of candidate material for collaborative digitisation Indirect  Preparing exhibitions  Responding to FOI requests  Website organisation  Content identification for collaborative initiatives  Management information  Confirmation of UK publication status  Identification of last resort copy for collection disposal initiatives  Open data contribution
  13. 13. 15 Collection Metadata = Strategic Asset Collection Metadata identifies: • Attributes & relationships • Location & availability • Status & rights Collection Staff Metadata Estates
  14. 14. 16 Collection Metadata = Strategic Asset Collection Metadata requires • Stewardship • Leadership • Resourcing Collection Staff Metadata Estates
  15. 15. 17 Collection Metadata = Strategic Asset Collection Metadata delivers • Efficiency • Improved services • More value for money Collection Staff Metadata Estates
  16. 16. 18 Representation Senior management Strategic direction Expert Advice Business Representation Business Cases
  17. 17. 19 Responsibilty Head of Collection Metadata
  18. 18. 20 Communications • Strategy published externally • Established & communicated best practice via new CM Wiki • Implemented: • Centralised support mailbox • Horizon scanning function • Workshop on 2016/17 plans
  19. 19. 21 Collection Metadata Strategy What?
  20. 20. 22 Vision “Our vision is that by 2020 the Library’s collection metadata assets will be comprehensive, coherent, authoritative and sustainable, enabling their full value to be unlocked for improved content management, greater collaboration and wider use of the collection.”
  21. 21. 23 Objectives Drive efficiencies in the creation, management and exploitation of collection metadata to support delivery of the Library’s strategic priorities and programmes Improve the Library’s return on investment in its collection metadata assets by ensuring their long term value is maintained for future activities Open up more of the Library’s collection metadata to improve access to Library content and promote wider re-use
  22. 22. 24 Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-18 Implementation Roadmap MetadataManagementStandards Preservation, Maintenance & Enhancement Open Metadata Discovery & Delivery 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Metadata assets register available ISNI integration into key metadata Licensing&RightsManagementProcessEfficienciesCommunications Technical Infrastructure Collection metadata available via global cross domain delivery channels Assessment and prioritisation of enhancement requirements Automated E-book metadata enhancement process implemented Establish horizon scanning function for metadata Undertake Options appraisal for linked metadata platform replacement Aleph v22 Implemention Metadata strategy workshop Development of new metadata visualisation tools Redevelopment of AMED Service metadata Undertake investigation of DRM metadata solutions Convergence on agreed metadata standards portfolio Standardise solutions for derived collection metadata Internal communication of strategic priorities Completion of website redevelopment Large scale batch enhancement solution implemented Harmonisation of existing metadata licensing practice IAMS data release Create metadata based collection analysis tools Undertake review of national library metadata systems options Non standard systems migration completed Assessment and prioritisation of metadata systems migration requirements All collection metadata held in centralised master metadata repositories SAMI Metadata assessment Persistent Identifier infrastructure for metadata and related content Implementation of comprehensive DRM metadata solution Promotion of agreed standards portfolio Preparatory work for ILS replacement Ongoingrationalisationoflegacysystems&migrationtosupportedmastermetadatarepositories Improved user access options available Implementation of PSI directives for metadata sets Complex rights & license metadata solution available New staff intranet and wiki resources on collection metadata Optimised metadata management processes Efficient international standards engagement process Undertake review of new metadata creation & processing options Establish annual collection metadata audit processes Collaborate with international partners on core metadata standards Ongoinginfrastructuredevelopment Migration to supported standards BNB Linked data service improvements Printed music metadata release New open researcher format metadata capability established Fully representative range of metadata sets available Hidden collection metadata assets exposed for re-use Centralised metadata license storage implemented Undertake audits of metadata assets & licenses Governance & internal support functions established Investigate deriving options for sound recordings Migration complete Collection Metadata best practice resource available for staff New linked data platform implemented JISC national shared metadata service platform options appraisal External publication of strategy External user support functions centralised Preparatory work for Google digitisation phase 2 Implementation of new external sources metadata Linked data exploitation options implemented Undertake review of metadata standards & develop engagement plan Investigate BL on Demand requirements Comprehensive open metadata service offering Unified, standardised metadata management infrastructure
  23. 23. 25 Collection Metadata Strategy Where’s the Linked data?
  24. 24. 26 The British National Bibliography 3.7m entries for UK books & journals on all subjects in all languages 1950- to date  Reusable publication dataset - not a unique institutional catalogue  Permissive License – CC0  Includes: People, Places, Dates, Subjects  Consistent - over 60 years Prepublication data Retender platform
  25. 25. 28 Open Metadata Linked Open Data Linked Data Analytics Project • Who is using our data? • Which data? • How to optimise publication? Visitors - Government Visitors - Academia Visitors - Libraries 745K ISNIs added to Linked Data BNB
  26. 26. 29 Open Metadata Increasing Access, Reuse & Relevance 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 2014/15 2015/16 Downloads 177 countries use services New open ‘researcher format’ option Created open metadata sets for printed music, manuscripts & archives Events – CILIP, Cabinet Office Data Science… Research collaborations 1550+ users
  27. 27. 30 Breaking down silos Standards convergence Metadata enhancement New synergies System replacement
  28. 28. 31 Conclusions Lots to be done Linked data potential solution not an objective Influencing and delivering corporate strategic objectives Increasing Demand for our help!
  29. 29. 32 Links: strategy Unlocking the value: the British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy, 2015-2018 strategy-2015-2018.pdf Collection Metadata Strategy Roadmap, 2015-2018 strategy-roadmap-2015-2018.pdf Living knowledge: the British Library 2015-2023 2023
  30. 30. 33 Links: metadata Contact Free data services Downloads: linked data; open data; researcher format
  31. 31. 34 Questions?