Midwinter 2014: Large-Scale Metadata Aggregation Strategies and Workflows

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group at ALA Midwinter 2014
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 8:30am to 10am
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 102A

Add this meeting to your schedule: http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12762

We have two exciting programs that will discuss strategies and workflows for and challenges associated with large-scale metadata aggregation.

“The Other Side of Linked Data: Managing Metadata Aggregation,” presented by Diane Hillman.

Most of the current activity in the library LOD world has been on publishing library data out of current silos. But part of the point of linked data for libraries is that it opens up data built by others for use within libraries, and has the potential for greater integration of library data within the larger data world. The sticking point for most librarians is that data building and distribution outside the familiar world of MARC seems like a black box, the key held by others.  Traditionally, libraries have relied on specialized system vendors to build the functionality they needed to manage their data. But the discussions I’ve heard too often result in librarians wanting vendors to tell them what they’re planning, and vendors asking librarians what they need and want. In the context of this stalemate, it behooves both library system vendors and librarians to explore the issues around management of more fine-grained metadata so that an informed dialogue around requirements can begin. As part of this dialogue, there are a number of questions about goals that could be addressed:

* Will expression in MARC (and/or RDA and/or BibFrame) be part of the requirements?
* How does non-library data fit in (dbpedia, nytimes, amazon, onix)?
* How does schema.org and RDFa fit into the picture?
* Will some data be indexed and not displayed, and vice-versa?
* Who will decide what pieces of available data will be valued and what pieces required?
* Will there need to be an aggregation workflow in addition to a cataloging workflow, or are they best integrated?

To assist in discussion about what happens after those basic decisions, Diane will discuss a framework for managing aggregation of atomic level (fine grained) metadata. Drawing on experience aggregating metadata for the National Science Digital Library, she will describe specific tasks, workflow, data improvement strategies and other issues.

 

“Harvesting and Normalization at the Digital Public Library of America: Lessons from a Diverse Aggregation,” presented by Kristy Berry Dixon (Digital Library of Georgia), Sandra McIntyre (Mountain West Digital Library) and Amy Rudersdorf (Digital Public Library of America).

The Digital Public Library of America currently works with more than 21 digital collections hubs to crosswalk, enrich, and normalize their metadata to align with the DPLA Metadata Application Profile (dp.la/info/map). Metadata is shared in a variety of formats, standards, and readiness and is ingested and made available through the DPLA JSON-LD API (dp.la/info/developers/codex/). In developing the DPLA data model, DPLA staff worked closely with metadata designers from the Europeana Digital Library and from leading U.S. institutions, and has refined the model since launch in April 2013 in response to the experience of working with diverse hubs.

This talk will introduce and outline the challenges of aggregating disparate metadata flavors from the perspective of both DPLA staff and representative hubs. We will review next steps and emerging frontiers as well, including improvements to normalization at the hub level and wider adoption of controlled vocabularies and formats for geospatial metadata and usage rights statements. Finally, we will share plans for implementing Linked Data throughout the aggregated national network and discuss how that will expand opportunities for DPLA and its partners.

We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

On behalf of the Metadata IG,
Ivey Glendon, Program Co-Chair
Santi Thompson, Program Co-Chair

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CFP: Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students (2014 Annual – LV, NV)

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for presentations for the program “Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students” at the ALA Annual Meeting 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. This program is scheduled on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Presentations are 30 minutes in total — 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

This program will discuss ways in which metadata experts can share expertise beyond traditional library settings.

Presenters may discuss:

  • Examples of successful metadata consulting initiatives with their constituent communities
  • Examples of training sessions, workshops, boot camps to share metadata expertise
  • Other venues for deploying metadata expertise outside the library

All presentations at ALA Annual Las Vegas 2014 will be recorded. Speaker agreements will be forwarded to all speakers and will require consent for video recording.

The deadline for proposals is December 9, 2013.  Proposals may be submitted through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H6kBzb8Vacrp5grsANPzjDHaKkZaDEacXir7NH0Lcao/viewform

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to sathompson3@uh.edu

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:
Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia
Santi Thompson, University of Houston

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CFP: Metadata and Indicators for Open Access (2014 Annual – LV, NV)

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for presentations for the program “Metadata and Indicators for Open Access” at the ALA Annual Meeting 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. This program is scheduled on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presentations are 30 minutes in total — 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

This program addresses metadata needs of open access (OA) materials and the use of visual indicators to help users determine their access rights.

Presenters may discuss:

  • use of existing or new vocabularies, schema, and other projects, such as Crossmark, JISC/UKOLN’s Vocabularies for OA, and ONIX-PL in library systems
  • use of OA vocabularies and schema for faculty consultation and education related to scholarly communication, author’s rights, and open access
  • studies of OA indicator use and successes/failures

All presentations at ALA Annual Las Vegas 2014 will be recorded. Speaker agreements will be forwarded to all speakers and will require consent for video recording.

The deadline for proposals is December 9, 2013.  Proposals may be submitted through this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1erAnh66Y-GyEkrZO4xCY8lEuo0iOfo1l4f9eZlPukHI/viewform

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to sathompson3@uh.edu<mailto:sathompson3@uh.edu>

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:
Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia
Santi Thompson, University of Houston

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CFP: MIG Midwinter 2014 Presentations

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group invites speakers to present at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 8:30 to 10am. Presentations will be approximately 30 minutes, including Q&A.

Our charge is to provide a broad framework for information exchange on current research developments, tools, and activities affecting networked information resources and metadata; coordinates and actively participate in the development and review of standards concerning networked resources and metadata in conjunction with the divisions’ committees and sections, other units within ALA, and relevant outside agencies; and develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of networked resources and metadata, their identity, content, technology, access, control, and use.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

*Tools for metadata librarians, including those for creation and/or transformation
*Demos or light tutorials on tools
*Top-level overviews of tools/mechanisms for use in managing metadata
*Innovative workflow design focusing on the intersection of tools/mechanisms and staff education and training

Please email proposal abstracts to program co-chairs by Wednesday, October 30th, 2013.  Please contact us with questions.  Thank you!

Program co-chairs,
Ivey Glendon
Metadata Librarian
University of Virginia Library
(434) 243-0634 | img7u@virginia.edu

Santi Thompson
Metadata & Digitization Operations Coordinator
University of Houston Library
(713) 743-9685 | sathompson3@uh.edu

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MIG Officer Elections, 2013-2014

New officers were elected during the 2013 ALA Annual ACLTS Metadata Interest Group business meeting; they join the returning officers for the coming year. The MIG officers for 2013-2014 are:
Chair : Maureen Walsh, The Ohio State University
Vice-Chair : Jennifer Miller, Rice University
Secretary : Steven Folsom, Cornell University
Program Co-Chair : Santi Thompson, University of Houston
Program Co-Chair : Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia
Blog Coordinator : Jason Kovari, Cornell University
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MIG Annual 2013 Meeting & Elections

The Metadata Interest Group would like to invite you to join us in Chicago.  The group’s program/meeting will take place on June 30, 2013 in the McCormick Place Convention Center room N137 from 8:30am – 10:00am.

Erik Mitchell will start the program with “Library Linked Data: Research and Adoption” where he will present the results of a content-analysis study of metadata services within LOD systems being developed or in use in LAM settings. He will focus on highlights of the findings; give participants a tour of a collection of data and tools that can be used for independent exploration of LOD metadata, and point participants to other resources for continued study.

A business meeting will follow the program, during which elections for 2013-2014 officers will be held.

The following offices are open for election:

Vice Chair/Chair Elect (who will serve as Chair 2014-2015)
Programming Co-Chair (2013-2015)
Secretary

They will join the other officers: Maureen Walsh (chair), Ivey Glendon (program co-chair, and Jason Kovari (blog coordinator)

Anyone who is interested in standing for election to one of these offices is invited to get in touch with Teressa Keenan at teressa.keenan@umontana.edu by June 25.

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ALA Meeting Report – ALCTS Holdings Information Committee and Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee Forum

I had the opportunity to present at the ALCTS Holdings Information Committee and Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee session at ALA Midwinter 2013 in Seattle. This session, titled “Linked Data for Holdings and Cataloging: the first step is the hardest,” started with Eric Miller from Zepheira discussing the use of Linked Data from a holdings perspective in the Bibframe model. Then Richard Wallis from OCLC presented on Linked Data from a cataloging perspective.

The second half of this session (which is the focus of this article) was dedicated to presenting some real life examples of what a couple of librarians were able to accomplish by using some of their data in Viewshare. Viewshare is a free service provided by the Library of Congress that allows users to import their own metadata in order to create custom and unique interfaces. Those working with Viewshare for this presentation were new to the platform and were able to put their projects together in a matter of minutes.

Violeta Ilik, Continuing Resources Cataloging Librarian from Texas A&M University, first showed how she was able to load data about faculty members from the Math Department at Texas A&M into Viewshare and then create some interesting interfaces to display that data through lists, pie charts, timelines, and a photo gallery.

The second presentation on a project using Viewshare was presented by me (Jeremy Myntti, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library). In my project with Viewshare, I used some metadata from one of our digital collections (Western Soundscape Archive) and created a map, some pie charts, and tag clouds to display the data. A major reason that I chose to work with this collection was that we have already been able to create some unique user interfaces with some basic hierarchical browsing and different map interfaces. Now using Viewshare, I wanted to see if there were additional things that we could do to present the collection to our users.

Throughout my presentation, I included screenshots that documented the process that I went through to create the collection, including exporting the data from CONTENTdm, manipulating it in Excel, loading it into Viewshare, augmenting the data with Viewshare tools, and creating user interfaces.

After completing this little project with Viewshare, there are a couple of major things that I took away. First off, it is never too late to audit your metadata. By loading and then playing around with a few of the views in Viewshare, I was able to see some of our metadata that is missing or that needs to be cleaned-up due to a number of inconsistencies such as the capitalization or spelling of different terms.

I also learned that it is not hard to use existing data in new ways. Playing around with tools like Viewshare can give you new ideas on ways to present your data which could help users more readily discover our collections. Using Viewshare was also very easy and user friendly, requiring no knowledge of programming, interface design, or linked data. If simple tools like Viewshare can help us move more towards a linked data environment, then we don’t need to be afraid of what might be coming in the future.

If you are interested in my presentation, you can view it on Slideshare. I have also included links to the Western Soundscape Archive and the Viewshare interface that I was able to create for a subset of this collection.

Slideshare Presentation

Western Soundscape Archive

Western Soundscape in Viewshare

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ALCTS Metadata Interest Group meeting, Midwinter 2013

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group
ALA Midwinter 2013
Sunday, January 27th from 8:30 to 10:00 am
Washington State Convention Center, TCC 204
Add this event to your Midwinter schedule: http://alamw13.ala.org/node/9033
 
Please join us for the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Program at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. We will be featuring two presentations focused on preservation metadata:
Sandy Card –  Binghamton University Libraries
Creating a metadata portal and workflows for a digital preservation repository
Binghamton University Libraries became one of the first academic libraries to implement Ex Libris’ Rosetta digital preservation system. This presentation will provide an overview of the process used to create the dictionary of metadata fields and metadata templates and the role Binghamton’s metadata catalogers have as project managers for preservation projects. Examples from the metadata portal and metadata templates will be shared; and the role non‐librarians have in creating metadata for the preservation of the University’s research materials will be explained.
Aaron Collie and Lucas Mak — Michigan State University Libraries
Incompatible or Interoperable? A METS bridge for a small gap between two digital preservation software packages
Michigan State University Libraries is utilizing Archivematica, an open‐source digital preservation system, to extract preservation metadata and to prepare digital objects for long term preservation. The management of this metadata and objects will be handled by the Fedora Commons middleware application. There exists a small gap between these two software packages that when bridged can create a robust pipeline for generating, extracting and handing metadata. This presentation will discuss utilizing the METS standards as the bridge between these two software packages by noting the differences between the software packages’ two implementations of the METS standard, the transformation design and assumptions, and will propose a possible implementation and code contribution.
A business meeting open to all will follow the presentations.
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2012 DLF Fall Forum notes & slides

An incredibly successful Digital Library Federation fall forum has just concluded in Denver. As part of this conference, attendees collaboratively took notes in GoogleDocs, linked from the individual session description pages off the Schedule page (http://www.diglib.org/forums/2012forum/2012-dlf-forum-schedule/); slides are being added so check back if not yet available.

This conference was seriously great and included an update on the Bibliographic Framework Initiative; tons on digital scholarship, data curation and digital humanities; and plenty more metadata fun.

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