Next meeting: Bias in metadata

Words have meaning. As catalogers and people who work with metadata, we use words to categorize and organize and describe our collections. We want people to find things. We want researchers to discover that item that will help answer questions, point in the right direction, or show a new path. The words we apply matter. The words we apply also have historical, social, and political significance. The words we use reflect how we understand the world in our time. When we use words to categorize and organize and describe people, groups, and countries, we are reflecting who we are and how we view the world. Our work requires that we strive to recognize and counter those biases to make our collections as useful as possible to the widest audience possible.

Join us for a discussion about the words we use in our metadata work. We’ll review authorized sources, subscription sources, and our own records to reflect on how we apply words to categorize and organize and describe people, groups, and countries. We’ll identify the processes that exist to make changes to those words and examine whether we are serving the world we think we are serving.

DATE: Wednesday, April 25
TIME: 9-10 am
PLACE: Wells Library Room E174
MODERATORS: Julie Hardesty & Jennifer Liss

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 your 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