The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group met during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26th, 8:30 -10:00 a.m., at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 113-A.
Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator at the Columbia University Libraries, presented on metadata collaboration. Included in this post is presentation abstract, slides, and author bio.
Bringing Everyone to the Table: Collaborative Ontology Development
Metadata work thrives when it takes place in a collaborative context. Collaboration has increasingly been a part of bibliographic description, the description of digitized resources, digital humanities, ontology creation, and more. In this session, Melanie Wacker, Metadata Coordinator at the Columbia University Libraries will present on her work on ArtFrame, a BIBFRAME ontology extension for the description of two-and three-dimensional artworks, which is the result of collaboration between different community partners including Art Libraries Society of North America, Library of Congress and several libraries and museums. By exploring the experience from Columbia University libraries, participants will learn strategies for success and identify opportunities for collaboration in their own work.
Melanie Wacker works with her colleagues within Columbia University Libraries to ensure the integration of digital metadata with local and national systems to enable information discovery. She provides guidance on best practices, and develops, documents, and maintains standards and procedures for metadata for digital content. In her role as chair of the Metadata Group, she facilitates information exchange across departmental boundaries. From 2014 through June 2018, Melanie was the lead of Columbia’s participation in phase 1 of Linked Data for Production (LD4P) project. Other responsibilities of her position include cataloging of electronic resources, German language materials, and NACO/SACO work.