Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) Enhancing Metadata & Creating Context: Creating Intellectual Infrastructure as Scholarship www.dloc.com Laurie N. Taylor dLOC Technical Director & UF Digital Humanities Librarian Slides: www.dloc.com/AA 00016041
What is Metadata (Technical) Metadata is data about data or defined information about a particular thing Library and museum metadata may look something like this : Format: Greek Vase Date: 470 460 BC Height: 35 centimeters Title: [Greek Vase of Odysseus and Eumaiosthe Swineherd]
What is Metadata (Technical) Format: Photograph Title: [Laurie N. Taylor, dLOC Technical Director, at the ACURIL 2012 Conference] Date: 2012
What is Metadata (Socio Technical) Arguably, few other textual forms will have greater impact on the way we read, receive, search, access, use, and engage with the primary materials of humanities studies than the metadata structures that organize and present that knowledge in digital form Johanna Drucker SpecLab (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2010 ), 9
What is Metadata (Socio Technical) To be an equal partner rather than, again, just a servant at the table, digital humanists will need to find ways to show that thinking critically about metadata, for instance, scales into thinking critically about the power, finance, and other governance protocols of the Alan Liu, (Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold; Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2012 : 490 509 ), online: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/ 20
Enhancing Metadata & Creating Context Planters' Punch : a Jamaica magazine Publisher: Kingston 1932 1935. Edition/Format: Journal magazine : Periodical : English Database: WorldCat http ://www.worldcat.org/oclc/496771339 Opportunities with Existing Records New metadata
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Enhancing Metadata & Creating Context Planters' Punch : a Jamaica magazine Publisher: Kingston 1932 1935 Edition/Format: Journal magazine : Periodical : English Database: WorldCat http ://www.worldcat.org/oclc/ 496771339
Creating Intellectual Infrastructure as Scholarship The assignment, as explained on the Wiki, teaches you basic skills in digital archiving, and helps you understand how the digital archive constructs knowledge. Choose 1 primary source relevant to your final project from dLOC. Consider what's included and what's missing in the citation (the citation includes the record information or metadata ). In the source you selected, what additional information do you think should be included to make the source more useful for scholars? Consider what information should be included on the publisher? The author? The place and date of publication for historical context? What other information should be included? Complete the form for your selected item, and post to the Wiki.
Creating Intellectual Infrastructure as Scholarship For example: See citations for any items by Herbert G. de Lisser who was ethnically Jewish and editor of The Gleaner for nearly 40 years, but there is nothing in the citation to make that known. Letters from the Isthmian Canal Construction Workers which does not exist in any known online library catalog and is only listed in the bibliography of Rhonda Frederick's n Man a Come
Review the Recommended Minimum Metadata for All Items Title Other titles (as applicable) Type Physical description Language Identifier (as applicable; e.g., Library of Congress #; # in authoritative bibliography, etc.) Holding location; Source institution Creator Publisher Place of publication Date of publication Subject Spatial subject (as applicable) Coordinates (as applicable) Abstract Note (as applicable) For more on these fields, see the dLOC Metadata Guide : http://www.dloc.com/AA 00002864 / 00001 /pdf
Creating Intellectual Infrastructure as Scholarship
Assignment In addition to asking the questions to help frame the assignment, the assignment form on the Wiki includes reference information (your name, item title, permanent link) and asks: Consider what information should be added for the item, and how the information should be included. List type of information (metadata) and the information you would add to add meaning to your selected item to include at minimum an abstract, a note, and a subject. Subject: Abstract: Note: Explain why you selected this item.
Future Intellectual Infrastructure Work After considering your area of expertise, if you would like to contribute your expertise to dLOC, please contact us: Scholarly Advisory Board: http:// www.dloc.com/govern dLOC Program Director: Brooke Wooldridge, firstname.lastname@example.org dLOC Technical Director: Laurie Taylor, Laurien@ufl.edu