Title: RLG Metadata Practices Survey, Journal Club Presentation
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Title: RLG Metadata Practices Survey, Journal Club Presentation
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Creator: Simpson, Betsy
Kesse, Erich J., 1959-
Affiliation: University of Florida -- George A. Smathers Libraries -- Department of Cataloging and Metadata
University of Florida -- George A. Smathers Libraries -- Digital Library Center
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: April 10, 2008
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RLG Metadata Practices Survey


Journal Club,


April


10,


2008


Erich


Kesse


Betsy Simpson





Background


* OCLC/RLG
Renovating Descriptive & Organizing
Practices
a Changing metadata creation processes
* Survey Details
a Purpose: "to obtain a baseline understanding of
current descriptive metadata practices"
a Participants: 18 RLG institutions (Libraries,
Archives/Museums, IRs/Digital Libraries) //
July-August 2007





Survey Results


* Major findings
a Decentralized metadata creation
a 78% handle published and unpublished items
a Information resources: 81% reformatted into digital form,
75% born digital, 68% analog
a 263 metadata tools cited (normalized to 64)
a 45% build/maintain one or more local thesauri
a In favor of controlled vocabularies (91%) plus tagging
(71%)
a 87% report backlog of resources/collections to be
described





Survey Results cont.


* Tools and Standards
a 69% use customized tools to create, edit, and
store metadata descriptions
a Primary data structure: MARC (65%)
plus Dublin Core, EAD and others
a Primary data content standard: AACR2 (81%)
plus DACS/APPM, DCRM(B), CCO and others
a Primary controlled vocabularies: LCSH (82%),
LCNAF (72%), AAT (67%)
plus others and local thesauri





Survey Results cont.


* Data Sharing
a Internal: workflow, guidelines
a External: audience, exposure, usability

* Future goals
a Create metadata asap
a Target Web information hubs
a Collaborate on tools and strategies
a Leverage terminologies




Survey Results // Questions


* Why are there so many varieties of metadata
tools? Why is there a reliance on customized
tools?
* How can we assess the effectiveness of
existing tools?
* In what ways can we expose the metadata to
users, including the "interested public"?
* How should resources be described given
users start with search engines?




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