Thursday, January 03, 2008

Event: Metadata for You & Me: A Workshop on Shareable Metadata

From the Metadata SSA email list.

Metadata aggregations such as OAIster ( and the IMLS Digital Collections and Content Project ( have shown that metadata designed for diverse local environments may fall short in providing the information needed for useful discovery in the aggregated environment. Metadata for You & Me workshops assist metadata planners in analyzing and implementing the changes that need to be made to local metadata to prepare it for sharing with aggregations and other institutions. Topics to be covered include:
  • the current state of metadata aggregations
  • "the six Cs and lots of Ss" framework for shareable metadata
  • an analysis of shareable properties for various classes of metadata elements
  • practical advice for implementing these principles.
The content of workshops is based on the Best Practices for Shareable Metadata, an initiative of the Digital Library Federation and the National Science Digital Library, that provides guidance for creating metadata that can be easily understood, processed and used outside of its local environment.

Registration is now open for the following workshops:

January 21-February 23, 2008
Registration Fee: $150/person
Registration Deadline: January 14, 2008

February 7, 2008 or
February 8, 2008
Langston Library
University of California, Irvine
Registration fee: $130/person (includes lunch) Registration open until filled.


Metadata for You & Me is intended for professionals engaged in sharing metadata resources with colleagues, regional and state-wide consortia, Open Archives Initiative harvesters and service providers, or other metadata sharing partners. It is not intended as a basic training program in metadata. Ideally participants should have:
  • Familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, VRACore, MARC, MODS, etc.
  • Familiarity with the concepts of metadata aggregation or federation, such as Z39.50, Open Archives Initiative, metasearch, etc. (technical knowledge of the protocols is not required.)
  • Familiarity with your local metadata, such as standards and controlled vocabularies used, systems employed, etc.
  • Online participants should expect to spend between 2-3 hours per week reading course materials and participating in weekly discussions and exercises.

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