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New Report From DLF Evaluates Metadata Tools

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) announced the publication of "Future Directions in Metadata Remediation for Metadata Aggregators," a report that identifies and evaluates tools that can be used to normalize and enhance metadata. Commissioned by DLF Aquifer, the report was written by Greta de Groat, electronic media cataloger in the Metadata Development Unit of the Stanford University Libraries, and was supported by a grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The report is available for download, free of charge, from the DLF website ( Print-on-demand copies will be sold on later this month.

DLF embarked on a project to inventory existing tools and services for metadata mapping, remediation, and enhancement. Once identified, tools were evaluated for general applicability across digital library and other cultural heritage environments. The results of the research show that a handful of tools are usable as is. But many tools need more work to be generally applicable in a variety of environments, and significant development would be required to create a robust and well-defined set of metadata remediation services.

The report is organized by categories of service that could be enabled with better metadata. Each section includes an inventory of the available tools, assessments of those tools, and an evaluation of what might be accomplished in the future. The information gathered here provides a reference framework for members of the cultural heritage community to use when considering their own tool development priorities and a road map for areas that would benefit from collaborative efforts.

DLF, founded in 1995, is a partnership organization of research libraries and related organizations that are pioneering the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. Through its strategic and allied members, DLF provides leadership for libraries by identifying standards and best practices for digital collections and network access; coordinating research and development in the libraries’ use of technology; and incubating projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually.

Source: Digital Library Federation

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