ALCTS / LITA Metadata Standards Committee Committee
Meeting Agenda - Metadata Standards Committee, Saturday June 29, 10:30am, Hilton Chicago, Lake Ontario roomby Jennifer Riley on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 02:29 pm
Metadata Standards Committee
ALA Annual Conference
June 29, 2013
Meeting place: Hilton Chicago, Lake Ontario
- Introduction of members
- Approval of minutes from January 2013 meeting
- Discussion about details on moving forward with our vision (Link to the Summary on: http://connect.ala.org/node/208991 as basis for discussion)
- Ideas for sponsoring programming at upcoming ALA meetings
- Additional comments and discussions from attendees
- Next meeting
ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee
Conference Call 5/10/2013
Present: Éva Balcovac, Jenn Riley, Denise Bennett, Kevin Clair, Janet Lee-Smeltzer, Erik Mitchell, Bonnie Parks, Amy Rudersdorf, Jon Solomon
1. Discussion of specific role our committee wants to take
We need to have strong, and clear relationships with other bodies, including NISO. We can utilize these to make connections between communities (eg with Onix) and help everyone understand how they relate.
Want to look at broad perspective, but also need to make the future relate to today. We can make a significant contribution in working out how libraries actually get to a point where eg RDF is useful for them, and getting from flat or tree-based metadata to graph based metadata. A focus on use cases and successes rather than systems will likely be more successful. A list of “core competencies” might be an activity to undertake.
We interpret our charge as inclusive of more than descriptive metadata – also metadata for rights management, preservation, images, authorities.
We might also consider an advocacy role for libraries with other groups trying to do this work.
Our charge has some specific language about metadata policy, related to reviewing, evaluating, and recommending approval. We need to figure out what it means for us to do this without it being a rubber stamp.
A major first work product could be documentation and visualization of relationships between major players and groups related to metadata, not just in libraries but in allied and related fields. Include libraries, publishers, standards makers, other stakeholders. It would be interesting to represent this in the Open Metadata Registry somehow. We would deconstruct the complex metadata environment to understand relationships between various groups and standards, and how they interoperate. Our big goal would be to use this information in order to take concrete steps towards helping the library community achieve the vision of future metadata that is currently taking shape. We’ll need to work with others to map out big ideas for how to get there.
With this in mind, we’ll likely want to approach ALCTS and LITA for a revision to our charge. We can present to them a clear statement of what we think we can do and do well.
2. Next steps
Set up a space to brainstorm, likely on ALA Connect or a Google doc.
Define specific deliverables, get input on this plan at ALA.
Run our ideas by ALCTS and LITA leadership.
After ALA, set specific tasks and timelines, and divvy up the work among the committee.
First meeting of the new joint ALCTS LITA Metadata Standards Committee
Representatives from ALCTS and RUSA have been appointed to the committee,
and representatives from LITA (including one of the committee's two
co-chairs) should be announced in due course. The makeup of the committee
so far may be found at http://www.ala.org/lita/about/committees/Jnt-meta.
With the committee only partially in place, we will conduct a business
meeting focused on information-gathering this Saturday at Midwinter. We
welcome ideas from the community on areas in which the committee can most
productively spend its time in the first year. Here is a full agenda:
ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee
Saturday, January 26, 10:30-11:30 AM
Renaissance Seattle Hotel, East Room
1. Welcome and introductions
2. Review of committee charge
3. Community input and discussion of possible priorities for the committee
in its first year