Next meeting: Facts in metadata

Words feel very careless out in the world today. It seems that anyone can say anything about anything, which is an unofficial slogan of the Semantic Web and the original reason for the openness of the Resource Description Framework[1]. Facts, information that is supposed to be indisputable and a matter of objective reality, are in constant competition with interpretation. When applying metadata to our collections, we are categorizing, organizing, and describing. Does this mean we are only working in facts? How does this impact the way people search and discover our collections? Should we only be factual or is there a use for interpretation in metadata? What does it mean to be factual when describing archival and special collections?

Join us for a conversation about facts in metadata. Bring and share your examples of how the line between fact and interpretation blurs in you work.

DATE: Thursday, March 22
TIME: 9-10 am
PLACE: Wells Library Room E174
MODERATORS: Julie Hardesty & Jennifer Liss

[1] https://www.w3.org/TR/rdf-concepts/#section-anyone

Next Meeting: 3D Metadata

Join us at the next Metadata Discussion Group meeting for a discussion of 3D metadata! This will not be covering metadata in the actual third dimension but rather metadata needed to describe, discover, and access 3D digitized objects online. Indiana University is involved in several projects working with digital objects in 3D, including IUPUI’s digital library work in 3D digitizing (3D Scanning for Small Budgets: How Local Libraries and Museums Will Play a Role in Creating a 3D Digital Library), the Virtual World Heritage Library, and the Center for Biological Research Collections. Join us as we explore what questions to ask, what metadata we need, and how best to provide that metadata for 3D discovery and access.

DATE: Tuesday, November 29
TIME: 9-10am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: 3D Metadata
MODERATOR: Julie Hardesty

Next meeting: Paths to a Linked Data Catalog

Join the next Metadata Discussion Group meeting, where we’ll welcoming in the new academic year with a discussion about the many possible paths to implementing linked library data. Participants will consider homegrown and vended solutions and think about the implications of when and where to introduce linked data into library data stream.

DATE: Tuesday, September 20
TIME: 9-10 am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Paths to a Linked Data Catalog
MODERATOR: Jennifer Liss

We hope to see you there!

Save the Dates: Fall 2016 meetings

The Metadata Discussion Group at Indiana University Libraries welcomes anyone from the IU community to attend our upcoming meetings.

Meetings will be from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in Room 043 of the Wells Library.

September 20
Paths to a Linked Data Catalog
Moderator: Jennifer Liss

November 29
TBD
Moderator: Julie Hardesty

Hello from Summertime!

Just a quick note to our Metadata Discussion Group blog readers to let you know that we might be quiet right now but we are still discussing metadata!

Jennifer and I are both still involved in the MODS and RDF Descriptive Metadata Subgroup within the Hydra community. We’ll likely have additional decisions from that group regarding mapping MODS to RDF and some demo tools to share this fall.

If you have a metadata topic you are interested in discussing, please suggest a topic and if you’re not on our email list make sure you’re on that so you stay updated.

Thank you for your attention and please continue enjoying your summer!