[Metadatalibrarians] Webinar: Nailing Jello to a Wall: Metrics, Frameworks, & Existing Work for Metadata Assessment

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*Nailing Jello to a Wall: Metrics, Frameworks, & Existing Work for Metadata

*DCMI/ASIS&T Joint Webinar*
*with **Christina Harlow**, Cornell University Library*

*:: Presenter:* Christina Harlow
*:: Times:* 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
    (UTC 14:00:00 - World Clock: http://bit.ly/Harlow-2017)
*:: Date: *Thursday, 27 April 2017
*:: Registration:* http://dublincore.org/resources/training/#2017harlow


With the increasing number of repositories, standards and resources we
manage for digital libraries, there is a growing need to assess, validate
and analyze our metadata - beyond our traditional approaches such as
writing XSD or generating CSVs for manual review. Being able to further
analyze and determine measures of metadata quality helps us better manage
our data and data-driven development, particularly with the shift to Linked
Open Data leading many institutions to large-scale migrations. Yet, the
semantically-rich metadata desired by many Cultural Heritage Institutions,
and the granular expectations of some of our data models, makes performing
assessment, much less going on to determine quality or performing
validation, that much trickier. How do we handle analysis of the rich
understandings we have built into our Cultural Heritage Institutions'
metadata and enable ourselves to perform this analysis with the systems and
resources we have?

This webinar sets up this question and proposes some guidelines, best
practices, tools and workflows around the evaluation of metadata used by
and for digital libraries and Cultural Heritage Institution repositories.
What metrics have other researchers or practitioners applied to measure
their definition of quality? How do these metrics or definitions for
quality compare across examples – from the large and aggregation-focused,
like Europeana, to the relatively small and project-focused, like Cornell
University Library's own SharedShelf instance? Do any metadata assessment
frameworks exist, and how do they compare to the proposed approaches in
core literature in this area, such as Thomas Bruce and Diane Hillmann's
2004 article, "The Continuum of Metadata Quality"? The Digital Library
Federation Assessment Interest Group (or DLF AIG) has a Metadata Working
Group that has been attempting to build a framework that can be used
broadly for digital repository metadata assessment - the state of this
work, and the issues it has raised, will be discussed in this webinar as
well. Finally, how does one begin to approach this metadata assessment –
what tools, applications, or efforts for performing assessment exist for
common digital repository applications or data publication mechanisms?

This webinar hopes to provide some solutions to these questions within
existing literature, work, and examples of metadata assessment happening
'on the ground'. The goal is for webinar participants to walk away prepared
to handle their own metadata assessment needs by using the existing work
outlined and being better aware of the open questions in this domain.


*Christina Harlow* works on metadata operations for the Cornell University
Library. This work involves building out data infrastructure, ETL (extract
transform load) functions, and Linked Open Data usage in service of
distributed metadata management for Cornell's library repositories and

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