Metadata switch Lorcan DempseyMembers’ Council, May 2002
Metadata switch • Explore a set of services which add value to metadata by leveraging OCLC expertise and position. • Under discussion with Metadata and Cooperative Discovery Services • High acronymic density … please shout out!
Proposition • Add value to metadata created elsewhere • Aggregate metadata for reuse • Leverage knowledge structures • Investigate schema interoperability services • An initiative which builds on OCLC’s ‘cooperative processing’ strengths • ‘Open metadata services’
Environment • Major digital initiatives as part of learning, research and cultural engagement • Libraries looking at management and disclosure of institutional assets • Growing importance of unique, non-published materials • Learning materials, research data, technical reports, e-prints
OAI • E-prints • cultural heritage • learning Knowledge bank, Dspace, … NSDL, IMLS, NOF, NLA, FAIR, …
Agg. Switch KONA
Agg. Switch KONA Schema trans.
Components also stand alone • Aggregator • Metadata creation and exchange • KO NA • Make knowledge organisation services more accessible • Schema transformations • Infrastructure of interoperability
Don’t do it? • Share of metadata creation declines • Become peripheral to major activities in information management for research and learning • Increasingly marginal to many ‘digital library’ initiatives on campus • Lose potentially valuable ‘reference’ resources
Aggregator NDLTD Learning objects Contentdm KONA Under development Schema trans Investigation Will work with CMS Exploratory Diane VG’s group Next steps