Tutorials on Data Management. Lesson 8: Value of Metadata. CC image by John Norris on Flickr. Lesson Topics. Illustrate the value of metadata to data users, data providers, and organizations Describe the utility of metadata for a variety of scenarios. CC image by PictureYouth on Flickr.
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Lesson 8: Value of Metadata
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and his/her contributions to a field of study
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Time of data development
Specific details about problems with individual items or specific dates are lost relatively rapidly
General details about datasets are lost through time
Retirement or career change makes access to “mental storage” difficult or unlikely
Accident or technology change may make data unusable
Loss of data developer leads to loss of remaining information
(From Michener et al 1997)
Sound information management, including metadata development, can arrest the loss of dataset detail.
Discovery & Re-use
Maintenance & Update
If you create metadata, other people can discover your data
If you create metadata,you can find your own data
Discoverable data is usable data!
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Are you willing to associate yourself with the metadata record ?
What to do.
What not to do…
Monitoring requires that
the metadata be actively
maintained and reviewed!
Creating robust metadata is in your OWN best interest!
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