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May 2016 report to ALCTS chair

Report to ALCTS President

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Jenn Riley

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jenn.riley@mcgill.ca

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ALCTS/LITA Metadata Standards Committee

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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.