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Meditations/Metadata in an Emergency

  1. 1. Meditations/Metadata in an Emergency DAVID BANUSH ANN CALDWELL NELINET MAY 27, 2009
  2. 2. I am needed by things as the sky must be above the earth. --Frank O’Hara, “Meditations in an Emergency”
  3. 3. Emergencies •Economic •Competition •Demographic
  4. 4. 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?
  5. 5. Questions •Does metadata really matter? • Low cost/high utility? • E-texts, computational analysis, “ambient findability” • What is the return on investment?
  6. 6. Questions •Where are we as a community?
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  8. 8. Questions •Where are we as a community? • This slide intentionally left blank • Resistance to core • LC series decision
  9. 9. Questions •Where are we as a community? • CONSER standard record (and BIBCO) • Archives (Green/Meisner report) • RDA core elements
  10. 10. It's like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over. --Frank O’Hara, “Meditations in an Emergency”
  11. 11. What I’ve learned in the last 30 years
  12. 12. What from MARC cataloging is applicable to digital metadata? We’re well-prepared to create metadata We may be too well-prepared
  13. 13. What can we learn from metadata for digital projects?
  14. 14. Group approach
  15. 15. Anyone can create metadata
  16. 16. Standards Apply? Don’t apply? Which ones? What difference will it make?
  17. 17. Define a minimal level record
  18. 18. Authority control? Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  19. 19. Subject analysis Might be useful Might not be Will definitely be a lot of work
  20. 20. If you say “keyword” once more I’ll smack you!
  21. 21. Would you like a genre with that?
  22. 22. Abstracts We LOVE abstracts! Just one short abstract
  23. 23. What you see is what you get
  24. 24. Tools Be lazy Macros Friendly tools
  25. 25. Advice Don’t sweat the small stuff What’s important, what’s not? Where can you compromise?
  26. 26. RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF!

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