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Online Doc ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee 2016 Annual Meeting Agenda

by Jennifer Riley on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

Sunday, June 26, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Orange County Convention Center, Room W207A

AGENDA

Sunday, June 26, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Orange County Convention Center, Room W207A

AGENDA

  1. Thank you to outgoing members and welcome to incoming members
  2. Review ethnic caucuses feedback on draft Principles
    1. Steps for finalizing and publishing
  3. Discuss mechanisms for regularly commenting upon draft standards
  4. Discuss process for publishing analyses of standards
  5. Metaware.buzz report
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Online Doc May 2016 report to LITA Board

by Jennifer Liss on Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 08:22 am

Online Doc May 2016 report to ALCTS chair

by Jennifer Riley on Mon, May 30, 2016 at 02:39 pm

Report to ALCTS President

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Jenn Riley

Report to ALCTS President

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Jenn Riley

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jenn.riley@mcgill.ca

Committee or Group

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ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee

In the box below, provide a summary of all activities of your committee or group for this period. *

The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee is very near finalizing our Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards document. Based on community feedback, a new draft (dated May 11) is online as a document for comment at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NXO0miR1-X1xsue1wyKoSStGB_SkGg5SyXTgJVPxezw/edit#heading=h.ju5bghz9d47c. We also published a summary of the changes made following the second comment period at http://metaware.buzz/2016/04/18/summary-of-comments-received-on-msc-principles-for-eval uating-metadata-standards/.

 

The committee evaluated the EAD 3.0 standard against the Principles to "test drive" their application, and was pleased with their utility as a tool for examining the robustness, flexibility, and forward-thinkingness of the standard, which is what we had hoped to achieve with the Principles document.

 

We are preparing to get one final set of feedback on the new addition of the principle "Metadata standards should be inclusive and transparent about bias" from the ALA ethnic and under-represented groups roundtables and caucuses in ALA before releasing the final version.

Activities Related to ALCTS Strategic Plan Goal I

Increase awareness of the ALCTS mission and activities to outside groups

Engaging the ALA ethnic and under-represented groups round tables and caucuses will promote a connection between ALCTS (and LITA) and these groups.

 

Final release of the Principles will solidify ALCTS' (and LITA's) name as a source for good information on cultural heritage metadata issues.

Activities Related to ALCTS Strategic Plan Goal III

Develop ALCTS as a vibrant, relevant organization

Final release of the Principles will solidify ALCTS' (and LITA's) name as a source for good information on cultural heritage metadata issues.

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Online Doc ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee, Conference Call Agenda 2016-02-29

by Jennifer Liss on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

Conference Call Agenda
February 29, 2016
2-3pm ET /11-noon PT

Conference Call Dialing Information

  • Identify note taker
  • Review the summary of feedback on the Principles draft (written by Jenn R)
  • Next work: revising the Principles document

Online Doc ALA Midwinter 2016 Meeting Notes

by Jennifer Liss on Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 03:13 pm

ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Metadata Standards Committee

Sunday, January 10th, 1:00-2:15pm

Committee Members Present: Mike Bolam, Kevin Clair, Jennifer Liss, Jenn Riley

Guests: Amanda Harlan, Reinhold Heuvelmann, Laurie Kulik, Darnelle Melvin, Jim Soe Nyun, Bonnie Parks, Melanie Polutta, Karen Tripp

1. Introduction and open discussion of the Draft Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards [link]

ALCTS/LITA/RUSA Metadata Standards Committee

Sunday, January 10th, 1:00-2:15pm

Committee Members Present: Mike Bolam, Kevin Clair, Jennifer Liss, Jenn Riley

Guests: Amanda Harlan, Reinhold Heuvelmann, Laurie Kulik, Darnelle Melvin, Jim Soe Nyun, Bonnie Parks, Melanie Polutta, Karen Tripp

1. Introduction and open discussion of the Draft Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards [link]

historic background on the Draft Principles--it started as a “manifesto,” and based on comments where the community felt it would be a more useful document if it were more of an evaluative tool, the document evolved into its current form.

Some of the comments we received revolved around “openness” and the contradictions in that, e.g. by evaluating a metadata standard based on how “open” it is, we inadvertently make it more restrictive for use, as in the case of Creative Commons where a CC-BY-SA license is more open but more restrictive than CC-BY. Metadata standards should allow for freedom in licensing rather than being prescriptive about the license. Need to be clear that we're talking about the openness of the metadata, not the resource

When evaluating, note that standards/vocabularies are always evolving and while a standard may not hit all of the points in the document, they may be working toward that, or they may hit all the points in some contexts but not in others. Our goal for this draft is to spur analysis, encourage writeup, learn by discussion; avoid language that reduces analysis to "green light" or "red light"

Better precision of terms, e.g. “the network”: what is that? It’s clear to us but not necessarily to someone reading the doc for the first time, or someone outside of our community.

Providing (diverse!) examples to demonstrate what we mean in certain principles, for illustrative purposes; examples might be hypothetical; so "by reference" in Principle 1 can be an example, rather than a checklist thing

ensuring that metadata avoids (or at least documents, or contains multiple) biases; be careful to not be to be too prescriptive about how to e.g. build a controlled vocab; acknowledge the issue, get some other eyes, e.g., the ALA minority caucuses might help; suggested language: "good metadata embraces diverse viewpoints"; Jenn Riley will distribute the DLF keynote video to the group

glossary? seems like scope creep for us; our role is evaluative/recommending, not for creating new metadata architecture; consensus was to identify a glossary and point to it in the introduction (new edition of Metadata being published in February by ALA)

Write an introduction with information about what we envision people doing with this document: both ourselves and other bodies (MLA, etc.) who may wish to use it in their own context

privacy-- should we discuss it? Melanie Polutta talked about the PCC context, indicating that that information is only recorded if it’s publicly available. so maybe we could develop a privacy principle based on policies that already exist in other contexts. do they apply to the standards themselves? we can advise on what fields should be available, do we advise on what metadata people should provide in those fields (i.e. content standards)? also machine-created metadata, which is oftentimes tied up with privacy concerns. does this fit into our idea of “graceful degradation”?

research uses of metadata: what does that mean? how do you measure it? you should be able to do interesting things with that metadata. Reinhold Heuvelmann comment: should metadata standards support “creative, productive working with it”, that is, researchers as producers of/contributors to metadata, rather than simply consumers of it? as written now it’s a one-way street.

re-evaluate standards on a regular basis

be sure to acknowledge that not all metadata is created by machines (draft makes this assumption)

use Tim Berners-Lee's 5 Star Linked Data ideas to frame a progression for each principle

do we want to develop a checklist? as an illustrative tool of the principles and an aid in evaluation? we have some checklist items now, more may emerge as we begin to use the principles for evaluating a standard; checklist makes sense but it's too premature to tackle now

when do we cut off comments? this morning, Jennifer mentioned that we'd accept comments for a couple more weeks; Jennifer will set a committee phone call or late Jan/early Feb; cut off comments a week before that.

committee will write up a summary of all of the comments we received and post to Metaware; committee will tackle re-working of Principles

 

2. Testing the Draft Principles: applying the draft document to a standard

what standard to evaluate? possibilities:

  • VRA Core 4.0 RDF Ontology

  • rightsstatements.org registry (small, but substantial)

  • RDA

  • DACS revision

By annual:

  • Revised, finalized draft Principles

  • Comment summary + Responses to draft comments

  • At least one text analysis of a standard or ontology using the guidelines (rightsstatements.org)

Have this done with enough lead time pre-Annual that people can read and comment on it (figure June 10th-ish?) 

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Online Doc ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee Midwinter Meeting

by Jennifer Liss on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 01:26 pm

ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2016
1-2:20 pm EST
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 259A

AGENDA

ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 10, 2016
1-2:20 pm EST
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 259A

AGENDA

  1. Introduction and open discussion of the Draft Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards [link]
  2. Testing the Draft Principles: applying the draft document to a standard
  3. Other business?
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Online Doc Meeting Minutes 10/20/2015

by Jennifer Liss on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 at 09:06 am

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gscDgHL_C0eydRy9tDPEdL8iySJCUQ9_1x8s...

 

Reconcile Principles document edits & distribute draft to prospective commenters

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gscDgHL_C0eydRy9tDPEdL8iySJCUQ9_1x8s...

 

Reconcile Principles document edits & distribute draft to prospective commenters

Discussion of #6 & #7, there is some overlap with regard to these two in the document.
Edits will be made and the new document posted on Friday, October 23rd.
Jennifer will post clean document in Google Docs & ALA Connect.
New call will be made to prospective commenters for comments & feedbacks on document. The new call should include all the various ways to provide feedback. The call to prospective commenters should include promotion of the Midwinter meeting.

Presenting draft at Metadata Interest Group Midwinter meeting (Sun, 8:30-10:00)

Kevin offered to present at Midwinter Metadata Interest Group meeting. Jennifer will be the co-presenter.

MSC Midwinter meeting time slot agenda?

Discussion will continue via email thread for brainstorming & compiling the agenda. Jennifer will email with an initial framework.

MSC Annual meeting program planning update

Kevin updated everyone. No official updates from MSC. Alerts will be coming soon about proposals (hopefully by the end of October).

Metaware blog update was provided by Michael Bolam. 11 out of 13 students accomplished blog posts.

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Event Metadata Standards Committee

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Meeting of the committee

Discussion ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee, Conference Call Agenda 2015-02-27

by Jennifer Liss on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 07:58 pm

Conference Call Agenda
February 27, 2015
2-3 pm EDT / 11-noon PDT

Conference Call Dialing Information

Conference Call Agenda
February 27, 2015
2-3 pm EDT / 11-noon PDT

Conference Call Dialing Information

  • Metaware website progress
    • Editor guidelines draft (Kevin, Andrew, Bonnie)
    • Transitioning to non-committee members as editors (all)
  • Keeping momentum on gathering feedback for draft Checklist (all)
    • Unofficial feedback from VRA (J. Liss)
    • Timeline for feedback and our deadline for Draft 2
  • ALA Annual program (our committee's time slot) host debate on vocabulary development/reuse (all)
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Event Metadata Standards Committee

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

Meeting of the Metadata Standards Committee

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The ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee will play a leadership role in the creation and development of metadata standards for bibliographic information. The Committee will review and evaluate proposed standards; recommend approval of standards in conformity with ALA policy; establish a mechanism for the continuing review of standards (including the monitoring of further development); provide commentary on the content of various implementations of standards to concerned agencies; and maintain liaison with concerned units within ALA and relevant outside agencies.

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