4 thoughts on “Metadata sources”

  1. These are helpful indeed, and the professional cataloger also grows in importance, at least for many of us. There’s only “Perseverance (Theology)” to get works like ARE THE SHEEP SECURE? that, for a variety of reasons including publisher, completely elude keyword but mix all over the place with law enforcement and wool production. And then there’s student naivete and scholar frustration when name and series authorities are lacking. Whew.

  2. There are a few ways to manage the abundance that currently overwhelms the professional source model for metadata. The most important and powerful is to create the metadata when the object it references is created. Potentially, producers can create metadata for the material they create at the same scale of abundance. What’s needed are tools that make it possible to operationalize the potential. Some are coming or now here-id.loc.gov is one example. The relationships (between upstream producers and downstream users like booksellers, libraries, etc.) will grow alongside the tools, but creating and maintaining trusted relationships needs a conscious application of effort.

  3. that just occurred to you “the other day”?
    really? just the other day?
    hasn’t anybody suggested this to you before?
    haven’t you ever read that, from any source?
    i’m surprised, to the point of being astounded.
    -bowerbird

  4. When we developed one of our services we had a very clear message from users (during lab based tests) that they wanted to see a visible distinction between the professional and crowd generated metadata. They wanted both to be present, but still felt it important to know the ‘true’ provenance of the object. This has proven interesting when the crowd knows the provenance (e.g. this is a recording of my Father made in 1956 in such and such a place) and we don’t.

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