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Event Preservation Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 07:37 pm

The session will focus on digital forensics, with a talk by BitCurator PI Cal Lee, as well as lightning talks by BitCurator users Jarrett M. Drake (Princeton) and Rebecca Russell and Amanda Focke (Rice). The program provides an opportunity for exchange between the users and developers of the BitCurator tool, as well as those considering digital forensics tools, with the potential to affect ongoing development and application of BitCurator.

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The session will focus on digital forensics, with a talk by BitCurator PI Cal Lee, as well as lightning talks by BitCurator users Jarrett M. Drake (Princeton) and Rebecca Russell and Amanda Focke (Rice). The program provides an opportunity for exchange between the users and developers of the BitCurator tool, as well as those considering digital forensics tools, with the potential to affect ongoing development and application of BitCurator.

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Supporting Digital Curation Activities in Libraries Using the BitCurator Environment
Christopher (Cal) Lee (PI, BitCurator)
When acquiring born-digital materials, librarians often must extract digital materials from media in ways that reflect the rich metadata associated with records and ensure records’ integrity. They must also allow users to make sense of materials and understand their context, while preventing inadvertent disclosure of sensitive data. There are a variety of methods and strategies from the field of digital forensics that can aid this work. This presentation will report on the development and application of digital forensics tools to improve the acquisition, management and access functions of collecting institutions. It will discuss the BitCurator project, as well as formation of the BitCurator Consortium, which will sustain the BitCurator environment and support its user base in the future.

It Takes a System to Curate a Bit: Preservation Planning at the Princeton University Archives
Jarrett M. Drake (Digital Archivist, Princeton University)

Implementing BitCurator at Rice University: Baby Steps to Digital Preservation Glory
Rebecca Russell (Archivist / Special Collections Librarian, Rice University)
Amanda Focke (Assistant Head of Special Collections, Rice University)

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Our program will begin with a short business meeting and the election of an incoming co-chair.

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Note a name change for our group, beginning with this meeting! At the January 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, at the request of the IG chairs, the PARS Executive Committee voted unanimously to change the name of this interest group from “Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata IG” to “Preservation Metadata IG.”

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Event Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Following a short business meeting, our program will feature the work of researchers from the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, who are working with a scientific agency to develop an OAIS-compliant joint preservation and reuse data repository.

Decomposing Results Without Burying the Body of Evidence: A Modus Operandi for Developing Metadata and Digital Preservation Requirements

Following a short business meeting, our program will feature the work of researchers from the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics, who are working with a scientific agency to develop an OAIS-compliant joint preservation and reuse data repository.

Decomposing Results Without Burying the Body of Evidence: A Modus Operandi for Developing Metadata and Digital Preservation Requirements

Presented by Lorraine L. Richards (Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics) and Adam Townes (Doctoral Candidate, Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics).

Abstract: In February 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a directive to each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop an “approach for optimizing search, archival, and dissemination features that encourages innovation in accessibility and interoperability, while ensuring long-term stewardship of the results of federally funded research.” We are working directly with scientists, engineers and program managers at the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) to develop and enhance current data sets and sources. We will jointly develop a prototype technical architecture for the establishment of an OAIS-compliant digital repository to service the Tech Center, Drexel University, and future users. Key components of this project involve:

  • Understanding and identifying the appropriate metadata names and development of a metadata taxonomy;
  • Enhancing knowledge towards the possible design of the ingest and tagging mechanisms to auto-generate metadata tags for relevant analysis, and machine learning software for this task;
  • Conducting research for specification and/or standards for rules and policies for the data sets and access controls; and
  • Analyzing user modeling, conducting task analysis for the users of the data sets and the workflows to be executed against the data.

Because data sharing has not been the norm for this agency in the past, particular care must be taken to ensure that metadata is appropriately developed for search, retrievability, and reuse. However, developing metadata for scientific data offers challenges associated with the need to ensure reproducibility of results and appropriate data reuse when data is taken outside its initial disciplinary boundaries. This presentation will discuss these challenges briefly and provide information on the techniques we are using to attempt to mitigate the risks associated with developing requirements for a joint preservation/reuse repository of scientific data.

Full Author List: Lorraine L. Richards, Adam Townes, William C. Regli, and Yuanyuan Feng (all Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics)

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Discussion 2013 ALA Annual Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group (IAPM-IG) Meeting Minutes

by Shawn Averkamp on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group met June 29 from 3-4pm at the McCormick Place Convention Center, room N135, Chicago, IL . 76 people attended.

Business meeting announcements:

The Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group met June 29 from 3-4pm at the McCormick Place Convention Center, room N135, Chicago, IL . 76 people attended.

Business meeting announcements:

--Outgoing co-chair, Shawn Averkamp, welcomed incoming co-chair, Chelcie Rowell. In August 2013, Chelcie Rowell will graduate from the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel and will begin as the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library of Wake Forest University. Chelcie will begin her two-year term with returning co-chair, Sarah Potvin.

--Shawn made a call for future meeting topics. Suggestions can be submitted to the co-chairs or through ALAConnect.

The business meeting was followed by two presentations on preservation metadata in repositories:

PREMIS: to Be or Not To Be in My METS

Jennifer Eustis (Catalog/Metadata Librarian, University of Connecticut Libraries) and David Lowe (Preservation and Data Management Services Librarian, University of Connecticut Libraries) discussed the University of Connecticut Libraries’ process of selecting and implementing a Fedora repository and the issues they faced in integrating preservation metadata, towards TRAC compliance. In 2011,UConn created a working group to investigate alternatives to current repositories that would incorporate a more consistent preservation mission. After selecting Fedora, the group set out to develop a content model and design their METS profile. They determined the minimum metadata requirements—an “Uberset”—and assigned elements from this set to the appropriate split content levels—grouping, container, and media objects. This "atomistic" content model enabled metadata to be split across the three levels. The repository currently supports the recording of ingestion events in PREMIS.

During the process of integrating METS and PREMIS for their Fedora repository, the group encountered a number of issues, including incompatibility with Islandora (the chosen administrative model and presentation layer), difficulty retrieving consistent technical metadata from Archivematica, and problems getting PREMIS into the METS data stream. To remedy these issues, they decided to build their own administrative module (reserving Islandora for the presentation layer only) and to move away from the METS Uberset, towards a more modular solution for packaging and reusing preservation metadata. Next steps will include refining specifications for their metadata modules, determining how to handle PREMIS beyond ingest events, and exploring the incorporation of linked open data.

The Purdue University Research Repository: HUBzero Customization For Dataset Publication And Digital Preservation

Amy Barton (Metadata Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Library) and Carly Dearborn (Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Archivist, Purdue University Library) presented on work done with Neal Harmeyer (Digital Archivist, Purdue University Library). Barton and Dearborn provided an overview of Purdue University’s research repository, PURR, and the metadata they collect and generate to support the long-term preservation of research datasets. 

PURR is an instance of HUBzero, an open source LAMP-based platform with Joomla! content management system. Developed at Purdue, PURR was customized for data stewardship, including workflows for curation, publication, dissemination, and preservation of datasets. The project involves a team from the Libraries and serves as a collaborative effort involving the Libraries, Information Technology at Purdue, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.  

Using TRAC as their guide, the group collaboratively developed mission statements, policies, job descriptions, and business plans. They decided to commit to preservation of all deposits for ten years, after which time content is subject to Libraries’ selection criteria for further retention. PURR accepts all file formats but recommends sustainable format solutions. Following the OAIS model, content producers submit content (SIP) and the content information is bundled together with Bagit (AIP). Because PURR uncompresses all files for the AIP, the DIP is derived from the original SIP. 

PURR metadata incurs the weaving together of standards for preservation. METS is used as the wrapper to package metadata; dcterms is used for descriptive metadata; MODS, to designate dataset ownership and access condition for digital provenance; and PREMIS, for preservation metadata (including technical, rights, and digital provenance metadata). PURR currently records validation, ingestion, and capture events in PREMIS. In addition to capturing preservation events, PURR records the significant properties of datasets, determined through consultation with the content producers, which will aid in future file format migration. Subject specialists check submissions and add keywords to datasets. The presenters concluded with a walkthrough of a dataset submission.

After presentations concluded, speakers took questions from the audience. Attendees asked about Purdue's practice of deriving DIPs from SIPs rather than AIPs, questioned whether Dublin Core was sufficient for describing data, and requested further information about file formats received and migrated. They further asked about the appraisal process that could result in data being deaccessioned after ten years. Both sets of speakers responded to a question about data ownership and questions of terminology and policy.

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Event Intellectual Access to Preservaton Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 07:07 pm

PREMIS: To Be or Not To Be in My METS

Jennifer Eustis
David Lowe
University of Connecticut Libraries

PREMIS: To Be or Not To Be in My METS

Jennifer Eustis
David Lowe
University of Connecticut Libraries

The University of Connecticut Libraries is currently building a Fedora digital repository. At the beginning of this project, we investigated the viability of using Islandora to meet our needs of an administration module on top of Fedora. As our analysis came to end, we found that Islandora meets only some of our needs. On the one hand, Islandora is convenient as an already existing solution with a robust user community. Islandora metadata forms also seamlessly create and update the Dublin Core (DC) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) data streams in Fedora Digital Objects. On the other hand, we want a more tailored management system than Islandora can deliver for our digital objects. More importantly, we are striving for a TRAC compliant system that implements PREMIS repository and also facilitates the automated collection of provenance metadata. In this presentation, I will describe the process of how the METS Uberset document came to be and its various incarnations including a discussion on the role of PREMIS, its role in the automated collection of data, and the lessons still being learned.

The Purdue University Research Repository: HUBzero customization for dataset publication and digital preservation

Amy Barton
Neal Harmeyer
Carly Dearborn
Purdue University Libraries

In 2011, prompted by the National Science Foundation’s mandate to include a data management plan in grant applications, a steering committee made up of Purdue’s Dean of Libraries, the Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President for Research tasked Purdue University Libraries and Purdue University Information Technology with the development of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). PURR provides an online, collaborative project space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and collaborators. Within PURR a publication process makes research results, or datasets, publicly available. Each published dataset is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to support discoverability and data citation.
PURR is a customized instance of HUBzero®, an open source software platform that supports scientific discovery, learning, and collaboration. HUBzero was a research project funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a product of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), a multi-university initiative of eight member institutions. PURR is only one instance of a HUBzero’s customization; versions have been implemented in many disciplines nation-wide.
PURR maintains the core functionality of HUBzero, but has been modified to publish datasets and to support their preservation. Long-term access to published data is an essential component of PURR services and Purdue University Libraries’ mission. Preservation in PURR is not only vital to the Purdue University research community, but to the larger digital preservation issues surrounding dynamic datasets and their long-term reuse.
This case study will discuss the creation of robust preservation functionality within PURR. In particular, we will discuss digital preservation policies, the implementation of the OAIS model, and the weaving of various metadata standards via a dynamic, programmatic process for PURR’s unique digital content.

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Discussion ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group at ALA Annual 2013

by Sarah E. H. Potvin on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 09:53 am

ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

Saturday, June 29, 3-4PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N135

Topic: Building Out Preservation Metadata in Digital Repositories

Please join us for the ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group meeting, with two presentations on preservation metadata development in digital and research data repositories. 

 

PREMIS: To Be or Not To Be in My METS

ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

Saturday, June 29, 3-4PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, Room N135

Topic: Building Out Preservation Metadata in Digital Repositories

Please join us for the ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group meeting, with two presentations on preservation metadata development in digital and research data repositories. 

 

PREMIS: To Be or Not To Be in My METS

Jennifer Eustis, Catalog/Metadata Librarian

David Lowe, Preservation and Data Management Services Librarian

University of Connecticut Libraries

Abstract

The University of Connecticut Libraries is currently building a Fedora digital repository. At the beginning of this project, we investigated the viability of using Islandora to meet our needs of an administration module on top of Fedora. As our analysis came to end, we found that Islandora meets only some of our needs. On the one hand, Islandora is convenient as an already existing solution with a robust user community. Islandora metadata forms also seamlessly create and update the Dublin Core (DC) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) data streams in Fedora Digital Objects. On the other hand, we want a more tailored management system than Islandora can deliver for our digital objects. More importantly, we are striving for a TRAC compliant system that implements PREMIS repository and also facilitates the automated collection of provenance metadata. Because of these concerns, we decided to rely on Islandora in the short term as a presentation layer and, at the same time, find ways to structure incoming metadata that included PREMIS. These decisions led us to what we refer to as our METS Uberset document. Essentially, this METS Uberset document is used to collocate and normalize incoming descriptive, rights, technical and preservation metadata in a METS document to create the individual data streams for each type of metadata. In this presentation, I will describe the process of how the METS Uberset document came to be and its various incarnations including a discussion on the role of PREMIS, its role in the automated collection of data, and the lessons still being learned.

The Purdue University Research Repository: HUBzero customization for dataset publication and digital preservation

Amy Barton, Metadata Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Science [presenter]

Neal Harmeyer, Digital Archivist

Carly Dearborn, Digital Preservation and Electronic Records Archivist

Purdue University Libraries 

Abstract

In 2011, prompted by the National Science Foundation’s mandate to include a data management plan in grant applications, a steering committee made up of Purdue’s Dean of Libraries, the Vice President of Information Technology, and Vice President for Research tasked Purdue University Libraries and Purdue University Information Technology with the development of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). PURR provides an online, collaborative project space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and collaborators. Within PURR a publication process makes research results, or datasets, publicly available. Each published dataset is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to support discoverability and data citation.

PURR is a customized instance of HUBzero®, an open source software platform that supports scientific discovery, learning, and collaboration. HUBzero was a research project funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF) and is a product of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), a multi-university initiative of eight member institutions. PURR is only one instance of a HUBzero’s customization; versions have been implemented in many disciplines nation-wide.

PURR maintains the core functionality of HUBzero, but has been modified to publish datasets and to support their preservation. Long-term access to published data is an essential component of PURR services and Purdue University Libraries’ mission.  Preservation in PURR is not only vital to the Purdue University research community, but to the larger digital preservation issues surrounding dynamic datasets and their long-term reuse.

This case study will discuss the creation of robust preservation functionality within PURR. In particular, we will discuss digital preservation policies, the implementation of the OAIS model, and the weaving of various metadata standards via a dynamic, programmatic process for PURR’s unique digital content.

The presentations will be preceded by a brief business meeting.

Shawn Averkamp

Sarah Potvin

Chairs, ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group 

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Discussion 2013 ALA Midwinter Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group (IAPM-IG) Meeting Minutes

by Sarah E. H. Potvin on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 02:58 pm

The IAPM IG met on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3-4PM, at ALA Midwinter in Seattle.

-The program opened with a brief business meeting, during which Shawn announced that we were accepting proposals for programming for the upcoming Annual meeting. Shawn also announced that, as her term as co-chair would be ending with Annual, anyone interested in becoming an IAPM co-chair should contact us.

-Having concluded the business meeting, Sarah made a brief announcement about a DSpace metadata development project.

The IAPM IG met on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3-4PM, at ALA Midwinter in Seattle.

-The program opened with a brief business meeting, during which Shawn announced that we were accepting proposals for programming for the upcoming Annual meeting. Shawn also announced that, as her term as co-chair would be ending with Annual, anyone interested in becoming an IAPM co-chair should contact us.

-Having concluded the business meeting, Sarah made a brief announcement about a DSpace metadata development project.

-Sarah then introduced the program speaker, Dr. Howard Besser. Dr. Besser is a Professor at New York University, where he directs the masters program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation.

-Dr. Besser presented on “Archiving Media from the Occupy Movement: Trying to Involve Participants in Making their Creations More Preservable.”

Dr. Besser has made his presentation available online: http://besser.tsoa.nyu.edu/howard/Talks/12ala-occupy-seattle-outreach.pdf

The presentation addressed the work of Activist Archivists in trying to preserve media related to the Occupy Movement through engagement with its participants. Methods ranged from outreach activities (such as the creation of a "Why Archive" postcard and video employing language and principles important to movement members) to guidelines concerning file formats and metadata.

Besser opened with a broad discussion of tips for outreach to communities. He advised that those seeking to outreach should identify ways to meet the needs perceived by collection-holders (for example, someone with a large collection of digital photographs may not know they have a preservation problem but may be concerned about filenaming and storage). He emphasized that preservation outreach required a focus on content and metadata as well as rights, which might impede the preservation process.

Besser then introduced the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Movement as a case study in outreach for digital preservation. Within six months after Occupy began, there were more than half a million photographs taken and contributed to Flickr with tags related to the Movement—a vast quantity of undifferentiated user-generated material. There is a need to find smart ways to harvest and analyze existing materials, which can be easily located on social networks, as well as to influence the behavior of those producing these materials. Besser’s prior work with InterPARES and the Preserving Digital Public Television Project confirm the need for early intervention in the lifecycle of digital object creation—preservation does not begin when the work enters the archive.

A group of students from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at NYU formed Activist Archivists (AA) and worked to intervene and archive media from OWS. This included still images, video, and audio. The AA encountered particular challenges engaging OWS and its in-house Archives Working Group. Besser highlighted outreach materials, included postcards and a short film, created by AA to engage OWS in preservation and help ensure long-term use of media materials captured by OWS. AA also sought to compile best practices for OWS content creators, including research into laws about videotaping on the street and guidelines for uploading and depositing content with an archive.

Besser presented the results of a study of metadata loss performed by AA, which tested what metadata was retained or stripped out and how files were affected when uploaded to various social media and streaming services, including YouTube, Internet Archive, and Vimeo. Also noted were user agreement restrictions that prevented the download of videos from YouTube.

Intervention by AA resulted in the streaming recordings of OWS being captured on magnetic media for storage (AA then cataloged and enhanced metadata), the negotiation of a CC-licensed deposit agreement with NYU Library, and established methods for recording regular OWS Think Tank meetings.

The floor was then opened to questions. Attendees asked about archiving Tweets, which social media sites claim ownership of materials or apply non-exclusive licenses, and how devices and apps mangle metadata.

 

 

 

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Online Doc ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

by Sarah E. H. Potvin on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:36 am

ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3-4PM
Washington State Convention Center, TCC 204

Dr. Howard Besser will present on: "Archiving media from the Occupy Movement: Trying to involve participants in making their creations more preservable."

ALCTS/PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3-4PM
Washington State Convention Center, TCC 204

Dr. Howard Besser will present on: "Archiving media from the Occupy Movement: Trying to involve participants in making their creations more preservable."

This presentation discusses the work of Activist Archivists in trying to preserve media related to the Occupy Movement through engagement with its participants. Methods ranged from outreach activities (such as the creation of a "Why Archive" postcard and video employing language and principles important to movement members) to guidelines concerning file formats and metadata. The presenter will also discuss impediments to libraries' downloading relevant material from social media sites such as FLICKR and YouTube (including user agreement restrictions, as well as how these sites tend to strip important embedded metadata from files), and outreach activities to encourage movement participants to execute library-friendly Creative Commons agreements and to post their media works on sites that do not strip out embedded metadata. This presentation should be relevant to librarians facing an impending onslaught of born-digital personal archives.

An open discussion will follow, focused both on these specific issues as well how to balance the intensive metadata we need for preservation against the resources that will likely not be available to enhance the metadata for the vast quantities of digital works that will enter our collections.

About Professor Besser: Howard Besser is a Professor at New York University, where he directs a Masters Degree program in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation. He has authored dozens of articles on automation of cultural materials, and has been involved in the creation of metadata standards such as the Dublin Core, METS, and PREMIS. Dr Besser has written extensively on issues of digital preservation, led the Preserving Digital Public Television project (as part of NDIIPP), and was a member of the National Research Council's panel reviewing NARA's Electronic Records Archives.

The presentation and discussion will be preceded by a brief business meeting. 

Shawn Averkamp
Sarah Potvin
Chairs, ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

 

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Event Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

The PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Materials Interest Group discusses topics of interest.

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Discussion 2012 ALA Annual Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group (IAPM-IG) Meeting Minutes

by Shawn Averkamp on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

The Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group met June 23 at 4:00pm in the Hyatt Hotel, Pacific Room, Anaheim, CA. 35 people attended.

Business meeting announcements:
--Outgoing chair, Meghan Banach Bergin, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, noted the Interest Group's participation in collaborative program planning with PARS Digital Conversion IG, PARS Digital Preservation IG, and ACRL Digital Curation IG, and encouraged attendees to complete a brief online survey about the programming to be sent following the conference.

The Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group met June 23 at 4:00pm in the Hyatt Hotel, Pacific Room, Anaheim, CA. 35 people attended.

Business meeting announcements:
--Outgoing chair, Meghan Banach Bergin, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, noted the Interest Group's participation in collaborative program planning with PARS Digital Conversion IG, PARS Digital Preservation IG, and ACRL Digital Curation IG, and encouraged attendees to complete a brief online survey about the programming to be sent following the conference.

--Meghan welcomed incoming chair, Shawn Averkamp, University of Iowa Libraries, and conducted the election for the new chair-elect. Sarah Potvin, Metadata Librarian, Texas A&M Libraries, ran unopposed and was approved unanimously.

The business meeting was followed by two presentations on technical metadata.

Chris Lacinak, President, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, discussed embedding and editing metadata in audio-visual files using MetaEdit, a tool created jointly with NARA, and reVTMD an XML schema designed to address metadata for reformatted video. Chris gave a brief overview of the benefits of embedding metadata for both creators and end-users, and he explained the mechanics of embedding in A/V files and schemas involved. He described the MetaEdit tool--free, open-source, software for embedding, extracting, and editing metadata. Some features of MetaEdit include: both GUI and command-line interfaces, ability to import/export metadata in a variety of formats, (optional) enforcement of standards and guidelines, and batch operations.

Joan Dashiell, Product Manager for Digitization Services, Backstage Library Works, spoke on the topic of metadata for images and her company's workflows for generating, editing, organizing, and embedding metadata for clients. Dashiell gave an introduction to the types of metadata--descriptive, structural, technical, and administrative--and enumerated the benefits and processes of recording each. She gave special attention to structural and technical metadata as areas of her company's expertise. Capturing both of these types of metadata can require a mastery of specialized software and workflows.

The question and answer session following the presentations inspired a lively group conversation about how much and which metadata to embed, with opinions ranging widely across the "just in case" to "just in time" spectrum.

Presentation slides are available below.

Minutes submitted by Shawn Averkamp, co-chair, ALCTS PARS Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

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Event Intellectual Access to Preservation Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 01:07 am

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“Editing and Embedding Audio-Visual Metadata with MetaEdit”
Presented by Chris Lacinak
President, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions

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“Editing and Embedding Audio-Visual Metadata with MetaEdit”
Presented by Chris Lacinak
President, AudioVisual Preservation Solutions

Over the past three years the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has been working on several projects related to audio-visual technical metadata. Two recent efforts have resulted in metadata recommendations and free, open-source applications, AVI MetaEdit and BWF MetaEdit, for embedding, editing and exporting metadata within AVI (video) and BWF (audio) files. FADGI has engaged Chris Lacinak, the presenter for this session, and his colleagues at AudioVisual Preservation Solutions to support the effort, including coding the applications. Chris will review the metadata recommendations and demonstrate the applications, walking the audience through use-cases to help assess the applicability of these applications for use in their own organizations.

“Discover the Technical Metadata in your Still Image Digital Files”
Presented by Joan DaShiell
Product Manager for Digitization Services, Preservation Services Center, Backstage Library Works, Bethlehem, PA

Have you wondered; what is all this technical metadata in my digital
file? If so, come and learn from digitization expert, Joan DaShiell.
Joan will explain the technical data of a TIFF, JPEG 2000, and PDF file. Joan will also walk us through the tools and formats for extraction. This presentation is given from the perspective of a digital project manager of a major library vendor. She will also share details of the Backstage Library Works digital production and how some of our clients use this data.

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Coordinates section activities related to managing the preservation of library and archival materials.

Co-chairs:

Sarah Potvin, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Texas A&M University Libraries

Chelcie Juliet Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wake Forest University

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