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Heretical Metadata: Abandoning Perfection in the Digital Age

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Keynote address given at a Springer Global Summit on Oct. 15, 2014.

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Heretical Metadata: Abandoning Perfection in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Heretical Metadata: Abandoning Perfection in the Digital Age Shana L. McDanold October 15, 2014
  2. 2. Heretical (adj.): 1.1 Holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted 2
  3. 3.  The GOAL:  Make resources uniquely identifiable  Key points in my philosophy:  Perfection is overrated  Standards are important  Bend the “rules” to meet user needs  The user is your guide, not the “rules” or instructions  DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT 3
  4. 4. Why are we collecting this?  What is the collection goal?  How does it fit into the mission/goal of the collection? Of the library/institution? 4
  5. 5. Who are the users? 5
  6. 6. What do the users need?  PAST 6
  7. 7. What do the users need?  NOW 7
  8. 8. What do the users need?  FUTURE 8
  9. 9. FRBR User Tasks  FIND 9  to locate either a single entity or a set of entities as the result of a search using an attribute or relationship of the entity  IDENTIFY  To confirm that the entity described corresponds to the entity sought, or to distinguish between two or more entities with similar characteristics  SELECT  To choose an entity that meets the user’s requirements with respect to content, physical format, etc., or to reject an entity as being inappropriate to the user’s needs  OBTAIN  To acquire an entity through purchase, loan, etc., or to access an entity electronically through an online connection
  10. 10. Searching? Accessing? 10
  11. 11. Searching? Accessing? 11
  12. 12. Focus on the GOAL  CONTENT: Let the user choose how they access it 12
  13. 13. Focus on the GOAL  ACCESS POINTS:  Key element of discovery  Identity management  Controlled vocabulary 13
  14. 14. Focus on the GOAL  DESCRIPTION: Start with the citation elements  Different level of detail is needed for different things 14
  15. 15. Focus on the GOAL  FLEXIBILITY: Bend as necessary 15
  16. 16. Challenges  Digital doesn’t meet all needs  Accessibility challenges  Preservation  Maintenance 16
  17. 17. Where do we go next?  Step into the rabbit hole…  LINKED DATA  BIBFRAME 17
  18. 18.  Change the focus to leverage the metadata…  Ask questions…  Experiment… Be heretical! 18

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