Midwinter 2019 Meeting Minutes Available

The minutes from the Metadata Interest Group’s 2018 Midwinter program and business meeting are now available.

Additional information about Midwinter is coming soon, including slides from the presentations at the MIG program!

Thank you to Rachel Tillay (blog coordinator) for taking notes during the business meeting and to Wendy Robertson (secretary) for putting together these minutes!

 

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Last Reminder: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2019

Please join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

For more information, see the presenter bios and abstracts: https://wp.me/p70q4y-66

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Crowdsourcing Metadata Panel Presentation Reminder and Bios

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

Presenters and abstracts:

Samuel T. Barber

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

California State University, Fullerton

Bio: Following a semi-successful semi-professional career as a musician, recording artist and sound engineer, Samuel T. Barber emigrated from the UK to the USA in 2013 with a newly-acquired MILS from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a renewed desire to contribute to the advancement of librarianship and information science. Past cataloging and metadata work at Glasgow University, the Autry National Center and Cal State Fullerton has included exposing hidden collections formerly owned by luminaries ranging from the Scots psychiatrist R.D. Laing to Los Angeles author, ethnographer, historian and ‘celebrity librarian’ Charles Fletcher Lummis. His main research interest is the crowdsourcing of descriptive metadata and related interfaces, which he believes merit the term ‘revolutionary cataloging interfaces’. Samuel’s favorite book is ‘What’s going on’ by Marvin Gaye, and yes, he’s fully aware that this is a record and not a book.

Crowdsourcing metadata: the revolutionary cataloging interface and how it can help your library expose and promote hidden collections

This presentation draws on recently completed original research (in press, to be published in the Journal of Library Metadata, vol. 18, issue 2) to analyze and explain the automated quality control features of Zooniverse’s crowdsourcing metadata platform. The results, it is argued, are truly revolutionary. Case studies are cited to demonstrate successful use of the platform by major institutions including the University of Oxford, the Folger, the Imperial War Museum and the Huntington. Similar initiatives based on proprietary platforms designed by the Smithsonian and the National Archives are also noted. Clearly, therefore, crowdsourcing of metadata to expose and promote hidden collections is a significant and rapidly growing development in libraries, archives and museums. We conclude with a description of an experimental project at Cal State Fullerton designed to ascertain whether such developments can succeed at a local institutional level. Finally, an invitation is extended for attendees to consider whether such initiatives may also be implemented for the benefit of their own respective institutions and users.

Andrea Payant

Metadata Librarian

Utah State University

Bio: Andrea Payant is the Metadata Librarian at USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library. She has been working for USU Libraries for over ten years. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University. Her research interests include metadata quality benchmarks, research data management, crowdsourcing metadata, and technical services outreach.

Becky Skeen

Special Collections Cataloging Librarian

Utah State University

Bio: Becky Skeen is the Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. She coordinates a majority of Special Collections cataloging projects for her library and helps with the creation of metadata for special collections’ digitized materials.

 

Wisdom of the Crowd: Successful ways to engage the public in metadata creation

Utah State University Libraries’ Cataloging and Metadata Unit has successfully used several methods to engage the public in metadata creation for USU’s Digital History Collections. Most, if not all the techniques we have tested, have yielded positive results and have improved the relevancy and accuracy of our descriptive metadata. During this presentation we will discuss different tools and techniques we have used to foster communication between our metadata specialists and the communities they serve, as well as approaches that were tried and did not yield the results we were hoping for. Attendees will be able to see what has been done at Utah State University and take those ideas and create new innovative approaches to collect crowdsourcing metadata at their own institutions.

 

About the Metadata Interest Group

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group provides 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; and to plan and monitor activities using the association’s strategic and tactical plan as a framework.

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Program Announcement: ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter 2019

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group during ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle for a panel presentation on crowdsourcing metadata on Sunday, January 27, 2019, 8:30-10:00AM, Washington State Convention Center, Room 3A during our regular scheduled meeting. Speakers Samuel T. Barber, from California State University, Fullerton, and Becky Skeen & Andrea Payant, from Utah State University, will present on approaches to crowdsourcing metadata, followed by Q&A. Looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle. Be sure to add this event to your ALA Conference Scheduler.

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Call for Proposals on the topic of metadata automation!

New technologies, collaborations, and ways of working have transformed metadata workflows. Have you implemented new tools to streamline your workflows? Are you experimenting with automated approaches to metadata creation? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include:

  • Metadata automation workflows
  • Crowdsourcing metadata
  • Automated transcription
  • Automatic image recognition (e.g. facial/object recognition)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anne Washington (awashington@uh.edu) or Mingyan Li (mli5@uic.edu), ALCTS MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

Please fill out the submission form with your proposal abstract by Friday, November 16, 2018. The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, WA on Sunday, January 27, 2019 8:30-10:00 am.

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Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World Presentations Available

Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World

Implementing Linked Open Data in the Real World at ALA 2018 on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30am was a program of the Metadata Interest Group. It included the three following presentations on exposing bibliographic and cultural heritage information as Linked Open Data. They introduced participants to Linked Open Data in the real world through both introductory and intermediate level content, including challenges inherent to moving towards a Linked Open Data ecosystem. By exploring beyond Linked Data theory, this program gave participants an in-depth view into the current state of the Linked Open Data movement within cultural heritage communities. The presentations and abstracts are included below.

Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2)

Presented by Philip Schreur, PhD
Assistant University Librarian for Technical and Access Services
Stanford University Libraries

Abstract: Linked Data for Production: Pathway to Implementation (LD4P Phase 2) builds upon the foundational work of LD4P Phase 1 to begin the implementation of the cataloging community’s shift to linked data for the creation and manipulation of their metadata. A collaborative project among four institutions (Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Iowa) and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), this phase of LD4P will have seven goals: the creation of a continuously fed pool of linked data expressed in BIBFRAME; development of an expanded cohort of libraries capable of the creation and reuse of linked data through a cloud-based sandbox editing environment; the development of policies, techniques and workflows for the automated enhancement of MARC data with identifiers; the development of policies, techniques, and workflows for the creation and reuse of linked data as libraries’ core metadata; better integration of library metadata and identifiers with the Web through collaboration with Wikidata; the enhancement of a widely-adopted library discovery environment (Blacklight) with linked-data based discovery techniques; and the orchestration of continued community collaboration through the development of an organizational framework called LD4. Taken together, these seven goals will create a firm foundation on which to build libraries transition to linked data.

Presentation: Schreur_ImplementingLOD_ALAAC2018

Linked Data URI workflows at the Digital Virginias DPLA Hub

Presented by Jeremy Bartczak
Metadata Librarian
University of Virginia Library

Abstract: The University of Virginia (UVa.) Library is currently a Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) content hub with plans underway to transition into a regional hub administrator across the states of Virginia and West Virginia. As part of these efforts, UVa. and it’s partners (collectively called the Digital Virginias Hub) will ramp up the number of digital objects harvested by DPLA to around 50,000 by summer 2018. The opportunity to disseminate these unique resources to a broader national audience is even more intriguing when considered against the backdrop of future linked open data initiatives. Thanks to the flexibility of the DPLA Metadata Application Profile, hub metadata can include linked open data URIs as XML attribute values which are harvested and stored by DPLA. This presentation will share some of the strategies employed by the University of Virginia to add URIs to aggregated Qualified Dublin Core XML. In particular the discussion will highlight approaches within a local MODS context and against the backdrop of both new metadata record creation as well as enrichment of remediated legacy collections. The presentation will also cover data modeling challenges for mapping URIs from MODS to a custom Qualified Dublin Core XML hub aggregation schema, and discuss current and future benefits for adding URIs to data harvested by DPLA.

Presentation: Bartczak_LinkedDataDPLA_ALAAC2018

Rare Materials Ontology Extension: from Modeling to Implementation

Presented by Jason Kovari and Francis Lapka

Jason Kovari
Director of Cataloging & Metadata Services
Cornell University

Francis Lapka
Catalog Librarian
Yale Center for British Art

Abstract: Since April 2016, the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee (BSC) has collaborated with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded Linked Data for Production project on the Rare Materials Ontology Extension. This work has focused on extending BIBFRAME to facilitate the descriptive needs of rare materials in areas such as physical condition, materials, bindings, exhibitions and much more. Between April 2016 and February 2018, the group focused most of its attention on modeling; this work has benefited from strong collaboration with ArtFrame and the ARLIS’ Cataloging Advisory Committee.
Starting February 2018, our focus is shifting to development of SHACL application profiles and implementing this work in VitroLib, an RDF-based, ontology agnostic cataloging tool being developed as part of the Linked Data for Libraries – Labs project. By ALA Annual, we will implement RareMat within an editor and test the modeling with catalogers. Our work to develop SHACL application profiles and implement in VitroLib will build on work at Cornell building tooling to facilitate cataloging of a Hip Hop LP collection.
In this talk, we will highlight discrete components of the modeling, detail the application profile process and discuss issues and opportunities in our VitroLib implementation. Further, we will discuss the administrative questions regarding long-term maintenance of this BIBFRAME extension and how it fits within BSC’s priorities.

Presentation: Kovari_OntologyExtension_ALAAC2018

More information about Metadata Interest Group Activities is available at: https://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/2018/07/ala-annual-metadata-interest-group-meeting-report/

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ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides Available

The ALA Midwinter 2018 Presentation Slides are available through ALA Connect. The slides are also available below as attachments for your convenience.

Title: Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects: Project Update at the Metadata Interest Group, ALA Midwinter 2018

Presenter: Ayla Stein, Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abstract: Content reuse, or how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize or transform unique materials digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials. The grant project, Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects, an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, is working to address this critical area. This presentation will illustrate the variety of ways digital library objects (including metadata) are being reused; share the results of the grant team’s work, including preliminary findings from the initial survey results as well as in-person and virtual focus groups sessions. The presentation will conclude with the team’s early findings and will engage the audience to contribute their feedback on the project and deliverables.

Developing A Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects

 

Title: National Strategy for Shareable Local Name Authorities

Presenter: Chew Chiat Naun, Head, Metadata Creation, Harvard University

Abstract: Libraries create local authorities to serve a variety of purposes, usually within an institutional context. It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that identities have much greater potential value if they can be shared. The IMLS Shareable Authorities forum brought together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to explore themes including minimum viable specifications, data provider obligations, and reconciliation as a service. The objective of the forum is to identify services and practices that will be needed, and assumptions that will have to be made – or changed – to allow authorities to work across domains and at scale.

Presenter Bio: Chew Chiat Naun is a Graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and recently joined Harvard Library as Head of Metadata Creation. Previously he was at Cornell University, where he and his then colleagues hosted the first IMLS Shareable Local Authorities forum. He is active in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and co-chairs (with Ed Jones) the Standing Committee on Standards.

IMLS Shareable Local Name Authorities

 

 

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