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The Metadata Manual

Book Description

Cultural heritage professionals have high levels of training in metadata. However, the institutions in which they practice often depend on support staff, volunteers, and students in order to function. With limited time and funding for training in metadata creation for digital collections, there are often many questions about metadata without a reliable, direct source for answers. The Metadata Manual provides such a resource, answering basic metadata questions that may appear, and exploring metadata from a beginner’s perspective. This title covers metadata basics, XML basics, Dublin Core, VRA Core, and CDWA schemes and provides exercise in the creation of metadata. Finally, the book gives an overview of metadata, including mapping and sharing.

  • Outlines the most popular metadata schema written by practicing metadata librarians
  • Focuses on what you “need to know”
  • Does not require coding experience to use and understand

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures and tables
  6. List of abbreviations
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Foreword
  9. Preface
  10. About the authors
  11. Chapter 1: Introduction to metadata
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. What is metadata?
    4. History of metadata
    5. The types and structure of metadata
    6. Metadata languages
    7. Quality control and interoperability
    8. Where to go for more information
  12. Chapter 2: XML basics
    1. Abstract:
    2. What is XML?
    3. How are XML records created?
    4. Other content in XML
    5. Well-formed vs. valid XML
    6. Why do we use XML?
    7. XML example records
    8. Example exercise
  13. Chapter 3: Using Dublin Core: With information from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
    1. Abstract:
    2. Background/History
    3. Changes to Dublin Core
    4. The DCMI Metadata Terms
    5. Example record
    6. Exercises
    7. Answer key
  14. Chapter 4: Using Encoded Archival Description (EAD): With information from Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002, by the Society of American Archivists
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Development
    4. Elements
    5. Example EAD record (abbreviated)
    6. Exercise
    7. Answer key
  15. Chapter 5: Using Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) and CDWA Lite: With information from the Getty Institute
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects)
    4. Elements
    5. Exercises
    6. Answer key
  16. Chapter 6: Using VRA Core 4.0
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Development of VRA Core
    4. VRA Core 4.0 elements
    5. Example record
    6. Exercises
    7. Answer key
  17. Chapter 7: The big picture
    1. Abstract:
    2. Introduction
    3. Shareability
    4. The semantic web
    5. RDF Exercises
    6. Making records shareable
    7. Mapping and crosswalking
    8. XSLT
    9. OAI-PMH
    10. Exercises
    11. Conclusion
    12. Where to go for more information
    13. Answer key
    14. Shareability exercise
    15. OAI-PMH exercise
  18. Appendix: XML examples
  19. References
  20. Index