Speculating on the future of the
metadata standards landscape
Jenn Riley
Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives
The U...
RDA?

RDA

RDA?

Elings & Waibel, “Metadata for All”
http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/vie...
RDA

FRBR

RDA
This is
important too.

DCMI Singapore Framework
http://dublincore.org/documents/singapore-framework/
DCMI Resource Model
(from the DCMI Abstract Model)
http://dublincore.org/documents/abstract-model/
Do we need a new
one of these?
What if the atomistic,
formal expression of data
becomes widespread?
And let’s be
sure to avoid
this….
http://xkcd.com/915/
xkcd comic by
Randall Munroe
Formality of expression

basis for

Data
model
basis for

Data
dictionaries

Cataloging
rules

Element/prop
erty
vocabular...
But, wait. That doesn’t explain
how different communities use
these, or how they build upon
one another.

And the boxes st...
Element/property vocabularies
World
Information specialists

OR

World

Information
specialists

Libraries/archives/
museu...
A new framework
will emerge.
But we need to
help articulate it.
Thank you!

jennriley@unc.edu

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Fractal image by Jonathan Zander
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Riley, Jenn. "Speculating on the Future of the Metadata Standards Landscape." American Library Association Annual Meeting, June 25, 2011, New Orleans, LA.

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  • Rules don’t *necessarily* have to imply a certain element set. Their instructions can be generic – “classes of metadata elements”This is also scoped to within the cultural heritage community. No fundamental interoperability beyond that, even with this model.
  • The goal here is to promote interoperability with other communities. Push machine interoperability into all levels of the diagram. Which means you can be interoperable with those who use the same foundation standards, and sometime domain standards. BUT this is a different definition of interoperability than we saw in the last diagram. That’s a big problem here – agreeing upon what we mean by interoperability and having it not be too extreme.
  • I think we do need a new one. It needs to be in between the library one and the DCMI one.
  • CVs can be expressed using the same methodologies as bibliographic records. One person’s metadata is another person’s data. That’s nice and tidy, and fun, and elegant, and enables some cool new things. But be wary of descending into Joe Biden photo territory. But the binding is an implementation of the data model, and information model. Can’t be completely separated.
  • Speculating on the Future of the Metadata Standards Landscape

    1. 1. Speculating on the future of the metadata standards landscape Jenn Riley Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    2. 2. RDA? RDA RDA? Elings & Waibel, “Metadata for All” http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1628/1543
    3. 3. RDA FRBR RDA This is important too. DCMI Singapore Framework http://dublincore.org/documents/singapore-framework/
    4. 4. DCMI Resource Model (from the DCMI Abstract Model) http://dublincore.org/documents/abstract-model/
    5. 5. Do we need a new one of these? What if the atomistic, formal expression of data becomes widespread?
    6. 6. And let’s be sure to avoid this…. http://xkcd.com/915/ xkcd comic by Randall Munroe
    7. 7. Formality of expression basis for Data model basis for Data dictionaries Cataloging rules Element/prop erty vocabularies basis for Data validity rules data expressed in Proximity to actual implementation Conceptual model Binding Controlled vocabularies
    8. 8. But, wait. That doesn’t explain how different communities use these, or how they build upon one another. And the boxes still aren’t mutually exclusive.
    9. 9. Element/property vocabularies World Information specialists OR World Information specialists Libraries/archives/ museums Element/prop erty vocabularies Element/prop erty vocabularies Libraries/archives/ museums Element/prop erty vocabularies
    10. 10. A new framework will emerge. But we need to help articulate it.
    11. 11. Thank you! jennriley@unc.edu CC BY-SA 3.0 Fractal image by Jonathan Zander http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Center_Apophysis_Fractal_Flame.jpg

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