Illegal aliens. Sexual minorities. Ableism. In the attempt to describe an entire universe of things and ideas, librarians design thesauri, knowledge classification schemes, and metadata standards to help people find information. Because these knowledge organization schemes codify what can and cannot be said about a library resource or author, one would hope that these knowledge schemes err on the side of inclusivity and are transparent about inherent historical and cultural biases. Alas, mistakes have been made. How can we do better?
DATE: Monday, May 8th
TIME: 10:50-11:35 am
PLACE: Libraries’ In-house Institute, IMU Walnut Room
TOPIC: Toward Inclusive Metadata Practice
MODERATORS: Julie Hardesty & Jennifer Liss
Resources You Might Consult
There are simply too many great resources to choose from! We can post a bibliography after the session but for now, perhaps the following will provide a good entry into the topic:
- Noble, Safiya. (2015 Oct. 26). Power, privilege and the imperative to act. DLF Forum 2015 keynote. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2429/55690 [Skip ahead to 24:50 in the recording]
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
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!
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.
Paths to a Linked Data Catalog
Moderator: Jennifer Liss
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.