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'Two Metadata Directions' by Lorcan Dempsey
Lorcan Dempsey, VP of membership and research and chief strategist at OCLC, writes the following on his blog:
Libraries are very used to managing metadata for information resources—for books, images, journal articles and other resources. Metadata practice is rich and varied. We also work with geospatial data, archives, images, and many other specialist resources. Authority work has focused on people, places and things (subjects). Archivists are concerned about evidential integrity, context and provenance. And so on. …
Metadata allows applications and users to act more intelligently, and this becomes more important in our increasingly involved digital workflows and environments.
Given this importance, and given the importance of such digital environments to our working, learning and social lives, it also becomes more important to think about how metadata is created, who controls it, how it is used, and how it is stewarded over time. Metadata is about both value and values.
In this short piece, and in the presentation on which it is based, I limit my attention to two important directions. Certainly, this is a part only of the larger picture of evolving metadata creation, use and design in libraries and beyond.
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