November’s DO Conversation “Metadata 101” tackled the enigmatic and often-misunderstood subject in a one-hour interdisciplinary presentation meant to provide a general introduction to “data about data”.
Given by three members of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library staff, the team proposed their presentation as Part 1, an opportunity for the DO Community to wet their feet on the subject in preparation for more advanced discussions.
Wendy Johnson (Library, Cataloging) explained the concept, addressing both the terminology and the many different purposes metadata serves from description and discovery to administration and structure.
Anne-Marie Viola (ICFA) gave an overview of metadata’s application for descriptive practices and a survey of the various structure, content and value standards used by the library, archives and visual resources collections here at Dumbarton Oaks.
Lastly, Jessica Hollingshead (Library, Acquisitions) capped things off with a discussion of the problems of metadata as it is in use today and the challenges posed by interoperability in sharing our data more widely.
Look for details on Part 2 of this DO Conversation, “Linked Data and the Semantic Web” this Spring!
Slide 1: Graphic designed by Jessica Hollingshead.