Next meeting: Metadata and Discovery Layers

Join the next Metadata Discussion Group meeting for a look at metadata and discovery layers. While we often talk about the need for metadata standards to share our information, discovery layers – meant to help users search, browse, and find what they need within our collections – often don’t really care about a metadata standard as long as the metadata coming in is consistently identifiable for that discovery layer’s index.

Indexing using Apache’s Solr search platform is a common method to provide faceted searching and browsing in many library/online resource contexts (IUCAT, the IUB Libraries’ web site, and Media Collections Online all have Solr indexes behind them, for example). The source of metadata that feeds each of the indexes in those examples is different, however. We’ll take a look at how these sites are handling discovery differently while using similar tools and what it could mean in terms of discovery to combine these different types of library data sets.

DATE: Tuesday, November 11
TIME: 9-10am
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: Metadata and Discovery Layers
MODERATOR: Julie Hardesty

For examples of what others are doing along these routes, you can take a look at UW-Madison Libraries and Stanford University Libraries discovery layers, paying particular attention to how they provide discovery and access to collections available online.

Author- Julie Hardesty

Julie Hardesty is the Metadata Analyst for the Indiana University Libraries. Her work focuses on the use of metadata standards and best practices to enhance access to and discoverability of academic online resources. She holds a Masters degree in Information Science and a Master of Arts degree in Art History, both from Indiana University.