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Metadata Repositories
Nicholas Schiller; ILAGO Summit; May 16, 2015; CGCC
The marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou.
Outcomes:
Participants will leave the session able to:
• share how freaking cool these tools are. 

• explain the basic un...
Assignment: Find primary source
relating to a historical figure represented
in current popular culture.
Student: Fascinated...
Game of Thrones. “Cripples, Bastards, & Broken Things.” HBO. 56:00. May 8, 2011.
At your reference desk,
how would you answer this
question?
Assignment: Find primary source
relating to a historical figure represented
in current popular culture.
Student: Fascinated...
One Discovery Tool
searches many digital archives
Students can find
great content
from digital
archives in dp.la
& europeana.eu.
Outcomes:
Participants will leave the session able to:
•share how freaking cool
these tools are.
• explain the basic under...
Metadata Repositories
Librarian Perspectives:
• The structures that
allow the system to
work
• Where does the
content live...
europeana.eu & dp.la
• Publish a standard for digital archives:
• description of their artifacts
• dublin core; rdf
• shar...
Participating Archives
• Apply the standards as they catalog their
collections or crosswalk their data.
• Expose their met...
Only metadata is harvested
Main library, Junior Library, and branches. Newton, MA. Card catalog
What do
Students need
to know?
How much expertise is
needed to search
successfully?
Shields Library, student in the book s...
Metadata Repositories
Librarian Perspectives:
• The structures that
allow the system to
work
• Where does the
content live...
Outcomes:
Participants will leave the session able to:
• share how freaking cool these tools are. 

• explain the basic un...
Metadata Repositories & IL
THE BIG QUESTION FOR 43, 1941 - 1945
Two Channels of Thought
A. Practical focus: for students, how do
metadata repositories present different
barriers than lib...
Implement well-designed search
strategies
• Discovery and access take place on
different platforms.
• Facets work, but are...
Access information effectively and
efficiently from multiple sources.
• Metadata repositories aren’t quite
siloed databases...
Curious Thoughts:
• europeana.eu & dp.la are not solutions to
existing problems, but cool new stuff that
wasn’t possible b...
Questions?
A burning question. Puck:--"Gentlemen, avoid both extremes--your 'stronghold' is in the middle!"
Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters
Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters
Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters
Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters
Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters
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Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters

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Linked open data is making huge strides in providing access to primary source materials. The digital holdings of a massive number of galleries, archives, libraries, and museums are now freely accessible. Expensive subscriptions or access to research-level collections are not needed to access a wealth of digital items unavailable just a few years ago.

This presentation will demonstrate the amazing things available through metadata harvesters such as europeana.eu and dp.la, provide navigation tips for finding primary source materials, and describe the core metadata protocol and technology that makes the magic possible.

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Free Primary Sources: dp.la, european.eu, and the Magic of Metadata Harvesters

  1. 1. Metadata Repositories Nicholas Schiller; ILAGO Summit; May 16, 2015; CGCC The marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou.
  2. 2. Outcomes: Participants will leave the session able to: • share how freaking cool these tools are. 
 • explain the basic underlying technology to other librarians. • integrate metadata repositories into your library’s offerings
  3. 3. Assignment: Find primary source relating to a historical figure represented in current popular culture. Student: Fascinated with Game of Thrones character Cersei Lannister. Librarian: Point student toward sources on Margaret of Anjou, a possible historical basis for the character.
  4. 4. Game of Thrones. “Cripples, Bastards, & Broken Things.” HBO. 56:00. May 8, 2011.
  5. 5. At your reference desk, how would you answer this question?
  6. 6. Assignment: Find primary source relating to a historical figure represented in current popular culture. Student: Fascinated with Game of Thrones character Cersei Lannister. Librarian: Point student toward sources on Margaret of Anjou, a possible historical basis for the character.
  7. 7. One Discovery Tool searches many digital archives
  8. 8. Students can find great content from digital archives in dp.la & europeana.eu.
  9. 9. Outcomes: Participants will leave the session able to: •share how freaking cool these tools are. • explain the basic underlying technology to other librarians. • integrate metadata repositories into your library’s offerings
  10. 10. Metadata Repositories Librarian Perspectives: • The structures that allow the system to work • Where does the content live? • What do students need to know in order to use them? Library-List Of Lobbes Abbey,
 In A Volume of Works By St. Fulgentius
  11. 11. europeana.eu & dp.la • Publish a standard for digital archives: • description of their artifacts • dublin core; rdf • sharing their metadata • oai-pmh
  12. 12. Participating Archives • Apply the standards as they catalog their collections or crosswalk their data. • Expose their metadata according to the set standard • Control their content; only metadata is harvested
  13. 13. Only metadata is harvested Main library, Junior Library, and branches. Newton, MA. Card catalog
  14. 14. What do Students need to know? How much expertise is needed to search successfully? Shields Library, student in the book stacks
  15. 15. Metadata Repositories Librarian Perspectives: • The structures that allow the system to work • Where does the content live? • What do students need to know in order to use them? Library-List Of Lobbes Abbey,
 In A Volume of Works By St. Fulgentius
  16. 16. Outcomes: Participants will leave the session able to: • share how freaking cool these tools are. 
 • explain the basic underlying structures to other librarians. • integrate metadata repositories into your information literacy program
  17. 17. Metadata Repositories & IL THE BIG QUESTION FOR 43, 1941 - 1945
  18. 18. Two Channels of Thought A. Practical focus: for students, how do metadata repositories present different barriers than library provided resources? B. Curious thought: How much of our my IL approach focuses on things the library buys? Does what-we-pay-for map to what-students-need?
  19. 19. Implement well-designed search strategies • Discovery and access take place on different platforms. • Facets work, but aren’t universal. • Date is particularly challenging.
  20. 20. Access information effectively and efficiently from multiple sources. • Metadata repositories aren’t quite siloed databases, but they aren’t quite search engines • (They work on the same general principles as discovery layers.) Do we have an IL pedagogy for discovery layers?
  21. 21. Curious Thoughts: • europeana.eu & dp.la are not solutions to existing problems, but cool new stuff that wasn’t possible before. • There’s no *natural* place for them in our resource lists. • At some point, the balance between filtering by quality and filtering by ownership will cease to be useful. • These problems are closely related to discovery layer problems.
  22. 22. Questions? A burning question. Puck:--"Gentlemen, avoid both extremes--your 'stronghold' is in the middle!"

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