Metadata in a Digital Age: New Models of Creation, Discovery, and Use


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Event Description

Metadata is critical to finding content. However, the expansion of digital content and rapid changes in access and use pose tremendous challenges to the effective organization, description, and management of this information. Established cataloging practices are changing to incorporate these new forms and increased segmentation of content, and at the same time we see new and changing structures for the creation and distribution of metadata. This session will discuss the role that metadata plays in the lifecycle of content, from publisher to end user, including looking at the shifting bibliographic supply chain, various needs that metadata answers, and questions around exchange processes and how different metadata is used.

Speakers include:

  • Kevin Cohn, Director of Client Services, Atypon Systems, Inc.
  • Les Hawkins, Serial Record Division, Library of Congress
  • Helen Henderson, Managing Director of Information Power, Ringgold
  • William Hoffman, Process Analyst, Swets
  • Renee Register, Global Product Manager, Cataloging Partnering, OCLC
  • Regina Reynolds, Head, U.S. ISSN Center, National Serials Data Program, Library of Congress
  • Steven C. Shadle, Serials Access Librarian, University of Washington

Event Sessions

8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.: Registration

9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.: Welcome & Introductions


Content discovery, use, and reuse has grown immensely in the digital information age. This event will focus on metadata and its role in this process today.

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Keynote Presentation: New Directions in Cataloging and Metadata Creation


This keynote presentation describes the challenges facing libraries and the publisher supply-chain with the explosion in content and user expectation of “get it now.” Libraries and the publisher supply chain must collaborate upstream in the publishing process to produce metadata that works for both library and publisher end-users and that supports business intelligence and analysis needs for both. The presentation reviews the concept, participants, methodology and preliminary results of an OCLC pilot program called “Next Generation Cataloging and Metadata Services” designed to further interoperability of metadata through crosswalks between MARC and ONIX formats, metadata mining using FRBR principles, and mapping between terminologies and classification schema used by libraries and the publisher supply chain.

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.: Publishing Platforms as Metadata Hubs


Kevin Cohn

Director of Client Services
Atypon Systems, Inc.

There is an increasing number of providers and consumers of content metadata. This, coupled with the use of different DTDs and exchange protocols, demands that publishers' platforms serve as advanced metadata hubs. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss his experience with Atypon's publishing platform serving as a metadata hub, touching on such issues as authority, ownership, and distribution.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Library Catalog Metadata Basics for Publishers


Studies have shown that the inclusion of e-serial records in the library catalog dramatically increases e-serial usage. This session will provide an overview of serial record metadata used in library catalogs.  Strategies and standards will be presented that can assist publishers in assuring that complete and accurate library catalog records are created for their publications.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: ISSN: Linking Data and Metadata


The increase in the availability of content (data) calls for an increase in metadata to facilitate search, identification, matching, and other data management tasks. However, metadata needs standardization and quality control in order to function well. This session will present examples of how ISSN, like other standard identifiers, can help make connections between data and metadata. Authoritative ISSN data can help to clean up "dirty" metadata. Ongoing access to authoritative ISSN data by all partners can help keep multiple data sources synchronized. Also described will be plans for implementation of ISSN-L by the ISSN International Centre later in 2008, and how ISSN-L can help solve the "multiple ISSN problem" caused by separate ISSN being assigned to print and online versions of serials.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Changes in Cooperative Cataloging Standards: Implementation of the CONSER Standard Record


This session describes the implementation of the CONSER (Cooperative Online Serials) standard record, a new approach to creating bibliographic records for continuing resources. The discussion focuses on how changes in the cataloging environment drove the development of the new standard and some of the barriers faced in implementing it. Working with the standard in a cooperative cataloging environment has offered opportunities to test new formats for training, documentation, and communicating with others interested in applying the standard.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Break

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Institutional Identifiers


Learn about the new NISO Working Group on Digital Identification for Institutions and Libraries (DIIAL). Many transactions take place in the supply chain between libraries and their content providers. One of the major issues is the lack of a common way of identifying the institution with its multiplicity of libraries, departments, campuses or offices. The use of such an institutional identifier chain would improve efficiency but implementation will require work from all parties and a commitment by all parties to use such an identifier.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Metadata: The Importance of Interoperability, and Factors to Consider in Developing Implementation Strategies


With the expanding types of metadata and organizations using metadata in different ways, our program with look at the importance of interoperability and how it allows content producers, consumers and managers to exchange and reuse metadata in a standard way. We will also examine important factors to consider when developing metadata implementation strategies, with a focus on ONIX publication licenses.

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks