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metadata for you me

Metadata for You & Me

Section 4:Defining Shareable Metadata: Foundations

Metadata for You & Me is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Library and Indiana University.This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

shareable metadata
Shareable Metadata…
  • Is quality metadata
  • Promotes search interoperability - “the ability to perform a search over diverse sets of metadata records and obtain meaningful results” (Priscilla Caplan)
  • Is human understandable outside of its local context
  • Is useful outside of its local context
  • Preferably is machine processable
shareable metadata as a view
Shareable Metadata as a View
  • Metadata is not monolithic
  • Metadata should be a view projected from a single information object
  • Create multiple views appropriate for groups of important sharing venues
  • Depends on:
    • Use
    • Audience
choice of vocabularies as a view
Choice of vocabularies as a view
  • Names
    • ULAN: Master of the Strache Altar
    • LC: L. Cz. (Lorenz Katzheimer), Meister
  • Places
    • LCSH: Springfield (Ill.)
    • TGN: Springfield
  • Subjects
    • LCSH: Neo-impressionism (Art)
    • AAT: Pointillism
the cs ss of shareable metadata
The Cs & Ss of Shareable Metadata






Conformance to


metadata for you me online
Metadata for You & Me Online
  • What’s available:
    • Workshop slides in Powerpoint format
    • Brief textual versions of workshop materials
    • Supplemental materials such as references, links, and activities
  • Up next: Section 4: Defining Shareable Metadata: Content
  • The development of the Metadata for You & Me curriculum was funded through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarianship grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • The content for this course grew out of work sponsored by the Digital Library Federation and National Science Digital Library to develop best practices for use of OAI-PMH and shareable metadata
  • We would also like to thank:
    • Richard Urban, MYM Project Manager
    • Institutions hosting on-site workshops
    • …and all participants in the online and on-site workshops for your valuable contributions towards the evolution of this training program

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