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. 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 your work.
DATE: Thursday, March 22
TIME: 9-10 am
PLACE: Wells Library Room E174
MODERATORS: Julie Hardesty & Jennifer Liss
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
PLACE: Wells Library Room 043
TOPIC: 3D Metadata
MODERATOR: Julie Hardesty
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!
[UPDATE: This meeting IS happening and is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 5 from 9-10am in Wells Library 043. Apologies for missing the meeting where this was originally scheduled but this thing is BACK ON! And don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s post discussing More about MODS (and XML) to learn more about MODS and its uses before we meet.]
It’s been a while since the Metadata Discussion Group last met but Jennifer and I think we have something that could benefit from a few more metadata-aware eyes at IU. If that’s you, or if you’re interested in topics like transforming metadata or linked library data, read on!
There is an ongoing effort in the Hydra community to figure out strategies to deal with descriptive metadata in RDF for use in Fedora 4 (the digital object repository that we hope to upgrade to here at IUB Libraries). The MODS and RDF Descriptive Metadata Subgroup, lead by Steven Anderson from the Boston Public Library, is working on how to handle MODS XML as RDF that will create a usable, if unofficial, metadata application profile to bring MODS into Fedora 4 as RDF properties.
So far this work has involved going through MODS element by element using examples from various institutions and asking the question “If [you] had to move that [MODS element] to RDF in Fedora 4 today, what would [you] chose to do with it?” (see the work for Abstract as an example). The MODS elements examined so far include name, title, typeOfResource, genre, originInfo, physicalDescription, abstract, language, and current work is happening on tableOfContents.
Join us on Tuesday, April 5 from 9-10am in Wells Library 043 to learn about this effort and Indiana University Libraries’ participation. We’ll share contributed examples and discuss how the MDG might help this effort along for IU and the Hydra community.
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
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.
The Metadata Discussion Group is back! We kicked off our first meeting of the academic year with an infoshare, in which attendees were invited to share a few quick highlights about their metadata work. Attendees discussed project progress, described how their workflows are adapting, and elaborated on how they are coping with new or evolving metadata standards. As the discussion progressed, a number of common metadata challenges emerged.
Couldn’t attend but still wish to share your metadata project? Leave a comment below! Continue reading “Metadata at IU InfoShare”