Workshop: Metadata for Digital Collections

METRO, 2014-05-14 and 2014-05-15


For details & links, go to: Day 1 | Day 2

1. Introduction

1.1 Why metadata?

1.2 Metadata types and functions

2. Metadata Descriptions

2. Metadata Descriptions

3. Understanding Metadata Standards

3.1 Types of Standards - Overview

3.2 Metadata Vocabularies (element set, schema) -- Structures and Components

3.2.1 Flat structure example

3.2.2 Hierarchical structure example

3.2.3 [Info] Different Syntaxes of the same element set: Using MARC family as an example

3.2.4 Ontology-based schemas

4. Value vocabularies (Using Cultural and Heritage Areas as an example)

4.1 [info] Name Authority Files:

4.2 [info] Controlled vocabularies for art, architecture, photographs

4.3 [info] International name authority (general coverage)

Day 2 Advanced Metadata (Designing for Metadata Projects)

5. Working with metadata for your digital collection

5.1 Metadata Decisions for Your Digital Collection

5.2 Application Profiles

5.2 (Hands-on) Developing a Metadata Element Set and/or an Application Profile for a postcard collection

Part 1. Knowing your collection.

Part 2. Developing the Element Set/Application Profile for the collection

Step 1. Communicate about the functional requirements

Step 2. Design a domain model

Step 3. Identify desired metadata elements for the collection

Step 4. Value Space Decisions

Step 5. Find existing elements and re-use them in an Application Profile

Step 6. Mapping and Crosswalking

Step 7. [info] Specification / Documentation

Step 8. [info] Prepare guidelines for use

Step 9. [info] Creating a metadata schema using XML

6. Implementation

Exercise 5: Defining Properties using ContentDM software:

7. Related Issues

7.1 Where to find a property that was already defined by a standard?

7.2 What is in an aggregated metadata repository?

7.3 Quality enhancement in metadata repositories

7.4 [If time allows] Linked Data and LAMs

7.5 Summary and Conclusion

For more information:

*Metadata. Marcia L. Zeng and Jian Qin. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2008.ISBN: 9781555706357 / 9781856046558
2nd Edition to be published in 2014. ALA Neal-Schuman, ISBN: 1555709656 / 978-1555709655

book website:

.Metadata Basics Tutorial.

© Marcia Zeng mzeng at kent doc edu 2001-2014