Looking into the future…. Providing Social Science Data Services Jim Jacobs. First principles. Metadata are data about data -- information about information. It ’ s all about having complete, accurate, re-usable metadata.
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Providing Social Science Data Services
Metadata should be…
XML is designed to make it easy to find and usejust the elements you need from a large document.
<titl>Great Power Wars, 1495-1815</titl>
<AuthEnty>Levy, Jack S.</AuthEnty>
<fundAg>National Science Foundation.</fundAg>
<distrbtr abbr="ICPSR" affiliation="Institute for
Social Research, University of Michigan"
Consortium for Political and Social Research</distrbtr>
<biblCit>Levy, Jack S. GREAT POWER WARS, 1495-1815 [Computer file].
New Brunswick, NJ and Houston, TX: Jack S. Levy and T. Clifton Morgan
You can cherry-pick just what you need from a large XML document…
When we use DDI 3, we are creating digital information that is structured according to processes and functions:
When we use DDI 3, we are creating digital information that is structured according to processes and functions
By doing this, we are creating data! We can treat “metadata” as data.
Politics in Race / Ethnicity / Ancestry: Mining the Metadata for Answers
Wendy L. Thomas
Minnesota Population Center
Presented at: APDU 2004, 18 October 2004