Workflows and Metadata Quality: Presentation to U&CR Committee 03 Nov 2005 John Robertson Centre for Digital Library Resea...
A word of introduction <ul><li>Development of work in thesis : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MWI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ex...
Overview <ul><li>New contexts for description </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata quality </li>...
New contexts for description <ul><li>Expanding range of resources – institutional assets… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In particu...
Metadata workflow (I) <ul><li>Analysing the new contexts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Repositories </li></ul></ul><...
Metadata workflow (II) <ul><li>Designing a workflow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What assets are to be managed? </li></ul></ul><u...
Metadata quality (I) <ul><li>Metadata quality is understood and valued in the library world, but what does metadata qualit...
Metadata quality (II) <ul><li>The metrics of metadata quality… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c...
Organisational   implications <ul><li>The information landscape:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing infrastructure </li></u...
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  • Workflows and Metadata Quality

    1. 1. Workflows and Metadata Quality: Presentation to U&CR Committee 03 Nov 2005 John Robertson Centre for Digital Library Research University of Strathclyde
    2. 2. A word of introduction <ul><li>Development of work in thesis : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MWI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extended examination of metadata quality and workflow in context of e-prints and learning objects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development of a toolkit to support digital asset management in an FE setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stargate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will evaluate the use of Static Repositories to expose publisher’s metadata to the wider Information Environment </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Overview <ul><li>New contexts for description </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata quality </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational implications </li></ul>
    4. 4. New contexts for description <ul><li>Expanding range of resources – institutional assets… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In particular I looked at the management of student-created digital materials in the DIDET project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Different types of metadata to support different information needs and information-seeking behaviour </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational descriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structural (for complex objects) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Metadata workflow (I) <ul><li>Analysing the new contexts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Object Repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other assets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Agents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Archivists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational technologists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website and systems support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental bibliographic databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative and secretarial staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Metadata workflow (II) <ul><li>Designing a workflow </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What assets are to be managed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What points of access are required to the information (locally and elsewhere)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What standards are going to be in use? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What metadata needs to be stored and what needs to be manipulated for exporting into different contexts? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who should do what? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No longer just the cataloguer… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different skill sets required </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different resources available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing demands on staff </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Metadata quality (I) <ul><li>Metadata quality is understood and valued in the library world, but what does metadata quality look like in these new contexts? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fitness for purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choices and compromises </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessing quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New requirements </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Metadata quality (II) <ul><li>The metrics of metadata quality… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>accuracy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consistency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>completeness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sufficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>timeliness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>persistence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reliability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>verification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>documentation </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Organisational implications <ul><li>The information landscape: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for co-ordination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for development projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutions often haven’t yet begun to invest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outside of e-prints most developments are outside of library settings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What therefore is the library’s role? </li></ul><ul><li>How do information specialists participate in collaborative ventures? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a re-emerging need for subjects specialists? </li></ul><ul><li>How do libraries provide seamless access? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperating metadata and its limits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is student generated metadata useful? </li></ul>

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