Metadata and Discovery: Quality is Key

Virtual Conference


What is the role of metadata in discovery, access, and use? Is it working? Is our metadata satisfying the requirements of the rising population of students, readers, and how researchers operate? How do content and platform providers ensure that their metadata is high quality? Who is responsible for assigning it and ensuring its interoperability across multiple systems?

Metadata is critical to success but it is increasingly complicated to work with. For example, in addition to descriptive metadata, individuals may also need specific legal or administrative metadata in order to clarify appropriate rights for usage. This virtual conference will bring together experts from across the information community to discuss current behaviors, practices, and applications for metadata.

Confirmed speakers include Farrah Lehman Den, Associate Index Editor, MLA International Bibliography; Heather Kotula, VP of Marketing and Communications, Access Innovations, Inc.; Patricia Payton, Senior Manager, Provider Relations, ProQuest (part of Clarivate); Ruth PickeringNathan Putnam, Director of Data Quality & Governance, OCLC; Joshua Tallent, Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies; and Michelle Urberg, Consultant at Data Solve LLC and Client Success Manager at LibLynx.

Event Sessions

12:00pm Noon - 12:15pm EST: Welcome


12:05 - 12:45 pm EST: Opening Keynote


12:45 -1:15 pm EST Foundations: Metadata Value


Shared Resource:

Metadata Assessment Framework created by the DLF Metadata Assessment Working Group: The DLF Metadata Assessment Working Group strives to collaboratively build guidelines, best practices, tools, and workflows around the evaluation and assessment of metadata used by and for digital libraries and repositories

1:15 -1:45 pm EST Foundation: Metadata Quality


Shared Resource:

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice by Rachel L. Frick and Merrilee Proffitt: OCLC, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, sponsored the Reimagine Descriptive Workflows project to better understand and address harm caused by cultural institutions’ collection descriptions.

1:45 - 2:15 pm EST: Break

2:15 - 2:40 pm EST New Issues: Audio Visual


Shared Resources:

Impact of the pandemic on Streaming Media adoption at SDSU: Streaming in the time of Covid, by Tim Tully, Linda Salem, and Wil Weston of San Diego State University Library: The writing was on the proverbial wall with regard to increased demand for streaming media pre-Covid-19; however libraries anticipated that they had a few more years to address the growing demand before the pandemic led to the whole wall being covered with writing.

Teaching with Streaming Video: Understanding Instructional Practices, Challenges, and Support Needs by Ruby MacDougall and Dylan Ruediger: Video has been used as a popular learning resource in classrooms for over three decades. Since its emergence, instructors and researchers have embraced video as a communicative form with the potential to enhance student learning in myriad ways

Supercharge Content Distribution with EIDR: EIDR is the industry-curated public registry of media assets. EIDR was created by the industry, for the industry. We register unique media assets with a universal identifier, which is the DNA of intelligent automation in entertainment.

Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group: In today’s academic, research and professional information industry, video and audio are growing in popularity and volume and, with the rapid progress of streaming technology, in global reach.  Libraries are seeing higher demand from their patrons, publishers are developing their media offerings, and software developers and other vendors are improving support for media assets in their products and systems.

NISO RP-41-2023, Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines: Approved: February 10, 2023 Prepared by the NISO Video and Audio Metadata Working Group

2:40 – 3:05 pm EST New Issues: Multilingual metadata


3:05 – 3:25 pm EST New Issues: AI Extraction


3:25 – 4:00 pm EST Vision Interview & Conclusion


Pat Payton

Senior Manager, Provider Relations
ProQuest, part of Clarivate

Additional Information

NISO assumes organizations register as a group. The model assumes that an unlimited number of staff will be watching the live broadcast in a single location, but also includes access to an archived recording of the event for those who may have timing conflicts. 

NISO understands that, during the current pandemic, staff at a number of organizations may be practicing safe social distancing or working remotely. To accommodate those workers, we are allowing registrants to share the sign-on instructions with all colleagues so that they may join the broadcast directly. 

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Broadcast Platform

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