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Online Doc Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes

by Jennifer Miller on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 04:27 pm

Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes for Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, from Midwinter 2000 to Annual 2014.

Event Metadata Interest Group

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

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will hold a meeting at the ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am in McCormick Place West Room W176c. The meeting will include two presentations and be followed by a brief business meeting.

Jennifer Wright and Matt Carruthers from the University of Michigan Libraries will present "Breaking the Bottleneck: Automating the Reconciliation of Named Entities to the Library of Congress Name Authority File."

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will hold a meeting at the ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am in McCormick Place West Room W176c. The meeting will include two presentations and be followed by a brief business meeting.

Jennifer Wright and Matt Carruthers from the University of Michigan Libraries will present "Breaking the Bottleneck: Automating the Reconciliation of Named Entities to the Library of Congress Name Authority File."

“At the University of Michigan Libraries, we have developed an intuitive, straight-forward process for automating the reconciliation of named entities against the Library of Congress Name Authority File. Using OpenRefine and stable, publicly available APIs, the process automatically searches the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) for matches to personal and corporate names, looks for a Library of Congress source authority record in the matching VIAF cluster, and extracts the authorized heading. The end result is a dataset, exportable from OpenRefine, with the corresponding authorized LCNAF heading paired with the original name heading, along with a link to the authority record on lccn.loc.gov. This process is automated and requires no programming knowledge or support from developers. Using this process, we have been able to reduce the time taken to reconcile name headings drastically.

In this presentation, we will lead attendees through the quick and easily generalizable process, and explain what is happening behind the scenes. We will also discuss the impact it has had on our local workflows, the limitations of the process, and detail how attendees can use this process themselves to aid in their authority control processes.”

Nancy Fallgren and Barbara Bushman from the National Library of Medicine will present "Linked Data Initiatives at NLM."

“In January 2014, following an environmental scan of linked data at peer institutions and a survey of NLM’s “datascape”, NLM formed the Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group to investigate the potential for publishing NLM linked data, determine best practices for publishing NLM linked data, and prioritize linked data projects. The Working Group was charged to develop and build an infrastructure for transforming, storing and publishing NLM linked data beginning with transforming MeSH as a linked data pilot. This presentation will review the progress of our pilot project to convert MeSH XML to MeSH RDF. We will discuss our collaborative process, the technical and organizational issues we tackled, and the future of linked data at NLM.”

We look forward to seeing you all!

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Discussion Seeking new Metadata Interest Group liaison to the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access

by Jennifer Miller on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 02:20 pm

Are you looking for a new way to get involved in ALA while
representing the interests of the metadata community? Consider serving
as the Metadata Interest Group liaison to the ALCTS/CaMMS/Committee on
Cataloging: Description and Access!

Are you looking for a new way to get involved in ALA while
representing the interests of the metadata community? Consider serving
as the Metadata Interest Group liaison to the ALCTS/CaMMS/Committee on
Cataloging: Description and Access!

CC:DA provides expertise on matters concerning descriptive cataloging
in order to formulate official ALA positions on cataloging policies
and standards and also to speak for ALA on issues related to
descriptive cataloging.

om the CC:DA Orientation Doc http://alcts.ala.org/ccdablog/?p=185>:

The role of liaisons is to represent various cataloging communities
by: (1) keeping the members of those communities informed of
activities relating to descriptive cataloging; (2) consulting members
of those communities on relevant issues that come before CC:DA; (3)
contributing their knowledge and opinions, as well as the knowledge
and opinions of the communities they represent to CC:DA discussions;
and (4) participating on CC:DA Task Forces.

The Metadata Interest Group liaison would provide a vital voice in
bringing descriptive cataloging policy and practices into the linked
data world. Liaisons are expected to attend two half-day meetings at
both Midwinter and Annual (currently Saturday afternoon and Monday
morning), with the necessary prep work of reviewing documents that
will be presented and discussed at those meetings, plus following and
participating in the Committee's online discussions during much of the
rest of the year.

Interested in learning more? Ready to volunteer? Please contact me
jdmiller@gmail.com> or Robert Rendall rr2205@columbia.edu>, the
chair of the CC:DA. More information about CC:DA can be found at
http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/camms/cmtes/ats-ccscat>.

And a huge thanks to Nathan Putnam for his time (4 years!) as the
former Metadata Interest Group liaison to the CC:DA!

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Event ALCTS Metadata Interest Group ALA Midwinter 2015 Meeting Program

by Jennifer Miller on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Add this meeting to your schedule: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25875
 
The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will hold a meeting at the ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am in McCormick Place West Room W176c. The meeting will include two presentations.

Add this meeting to your schedule: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/25875
 
The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group will hold a meeting at the ALA Midwinter in Chicago on Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 8:30 to 10am in McCormick Place West Room W176c. The meeting will include two presentations.


Jennifer Wright and Matt Carruthers from the University of Michigan Libraries will present "Breaking the Bottleneck: Automating the Reconciliation of Named Entities to the Library of Congress Name Authority File."

"At the University of Michigan Libraries, we have developed an intuitive, straight-forward process for automating the reconciliation of named entities against the Library of Congress Name Authority File. Using OpenRefine and stable, publicly available APIs, the process automatically searches the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) for matches to personal and corporate names, looks for a Library of Congress source authority record in the matching VIAF cluster, and extracts the authorized heading. The end result is a dataset, exportable from OpenRefine, with the corresponding authorized LCNAF heading paired with the original name heading, along with a link to the authority record on http://lccn.loc.govhttp://lccn.loc.gov/>. This process is automated and requires no programming knowledge or support from developers. Using this process, we have been able to reduce the time taken to reconcile name headings drastically.

In this presentation, we will lead attendees through the quick and easily generalizable process, and explain what is happening behind the scenes. We will also discuss the impact it has had on our local workflows, the limitations of the process, and detail how attendees can use this process themselves to aid in their authority control processes."

 


Nancy Fallgren and Barbara Bushman from the National Library of Medicine will present "Linked Data Initiatives at NLM."

"In January 2014, following an environmental scan of linked data at peer institutions and a survey of NLM's "datascape", NLM formed the Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group to investigate the potential for publishing NLM linked data, determine best practices for publishing NLM linked data, and prioritize linked data projects. The Working Group was charged to develop and build an infrastructure for transforming, storing and publishing NLM linked data beginning with transforming MeSH as a linked data pilot. This presentation will review the progress of our pilot project to convert MeSH XML to MeSH RDF. We will discuss our collaborative process, the technical and organizational issues we tackled, and the future of linked data at NLM."

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Discussion Program Slides: Metadata and Indicators for Open Access

by Maureen Walsh on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

Presentation slides from the ALA Annual 2014 Program: Metadata and Indicators for Open Access co-sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group and the ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group are available below as attachments.
 
Vocabularies for Open Access
Ben Showers, Head of Scholarly and Library Futures, Jisc
 
Update on NISO's Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group
Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Discussion Program Slides: Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students

by Maureen Walsh on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 09:46 am

Presentation slides from the ALA Annual 2014 Program: Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group are available below as attachments.
 
Moving Beyond the "Back Room": The Expanded Role for Metadata and Catalog Librarians On Campus
Lisa McFall, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Hamilton College
 
Consultative Metadata Services at Cornell University Library
Jason Kovari, Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist, Humanities & Special Collections, Cornell University

Presentation slides from the ALA Annual 2014 Program: Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group are available below as attachments.
 
Moving Beyond the "Back Room": The Expanded Role for Metadata and Catalog Librarians On Campus
Lisa McFall, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Hamilton College
 
Consultative Metadata Services at Cornell University Library
Jason Kovari, Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist, Humanities & Special Collections, Cornell University

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Discussion ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting ALA Annual 2014 Presentation Slides

by Maureen Walsh on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 01:40 am

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas are available below as attachments.
 
Metadata Migration to Islandora: Is There An Easy Way?
Sai Deng, Metadata Librarian and Associate Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries

Discovering Isaac Leeser: Improving access to text collections with TEI markup
Nicole Arbuckle, Vice President, Metadata Services, Backstage Library Works
David McKnight, Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

Presentation slides from the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas are available below as attachments.
 
Metadata Migration to Islandora: Is There An Easy Way?
Sai Deng, Metadata Librarian and Associate Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries

Discovering Isaac Leeser: Improving access to text collections with TEI markup
Nicole Arbuckle, Vice President, Metadata Services, Backstage Library Works
David McKnight, Director, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania

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Event Metadata Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Metadata Migration to Islandora: Is There An Easy Way?: Sai Deng, U of Central Florida Libraries
This presentation introduces UCF’s digital collection migration from DigiTool to Islandora, the new content management system for the state universities in Florida. Discusses the issues in DublinCore (DC) to MODS transformation, explores the possible options, the approach adopted and the tool used for MODS metadata editing.

Metadata Migration to Islandora: Is There An Easy Way?: Sai Deng, U of Central Florida Libraries
This presentation introduces UCF’s digital collection migration from DigiTool to Islandora, the new content management system for the state universities in Florida. Discusses the issues in DublinCore (DC) to MODS transformation, explores the possible options, the approach adopted and the tool used for MODS metadata editing.

As part of the state-wide Islandora implementation, UCF has been migrating its collections in DigiTool to MODS records for Islandora to ingest. In migrating from a less granular metadata schema to a more granular one, many issues are involved such as data ambiguity, overly generic data representation, the markup inadequacy in describing sub-elements and element relationships, and a less intricate data structure. Two options were explored: a. revamp the LC's DC-MODS stylesheet to produce more desirable MODS metadata, b. edit the MODS records generated from a more generic stylesheet conversion. Due to consensus needing to be reached among the state universities for any change, only some adjustments such as adding local subjects and online thesauri were made to the LC stylesheet state-wide, and the major work of MODS metadata editing fell on the individual university libraries. At UCF Libraries, Notepad++ was used to edit the MODS records, such as the first set of 847 records in the Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements (PRISM) collection. In batch editing the MODS metadata and dealing with the DC-MODS transformation problems, data patterns in author year, author role terms, publication places, corporate and conference names were identified, data normalization and cleaning was executed, and several types of mark up and editing were performed: authors were marked up to distinguish author year and role from name; personal, corporate and conference names were differentiated; the main entry and added entries were distinguished; subtitle was separated from the main title; publication place was distinguished from publisher; topical, temporal, geographic, genre subdivisions were marked up for subjects; and series name and other common fields were added for the collection.

Discovering Isaac Leeser: Improving access to text collections with TEI markup: Nicole Arbuckle, Backstage Library Works & David McKnight, U of Pennsylvania

In 2013, the Penn Libraries completed its Gershwind-Bennett Isaac Leeser Digital Repository project, which features access to the personal papers and publications of Isaac Leeser, one of the foremost American Jewish figures of the 19th century. Penn Libraries established a template for collecting metadata from Leeser's correspondence, teamed with Backstage to complete TEI markup, and developed an online digital repository. The metadata files and the repository structure provide users with sophisticated tools for full-text search and discovery, with filters for details such as document type, date range, language, author and addressee.
McKnight discusses the background of the collection and the library's preparation of transcriptions and descriptive metadata for the project. Arbuckle discusses the use of that metadata in the TEI markup process. The digital repository can be viewed online at: http://ubuwebser.cajs.upenn.edu/

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Event ALA Annual 2014 Program: Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students

by Maureen Walsh on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 01:58 pm

Las Vegas Convention Center, N253
Add this program to your Annual schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14375
 
Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students
 
Program sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group
 
Presenter: Lisa McFall, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Hamilton College
Title: Moving Beyond the "Back Room": The Expanded Role for Metadata and Catalog Librarians On Campus

Las Vegas Convention Center, N253
Add this program to your Annual schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14375
 
Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff and Students
 
Program sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group
 
Presenter: Lisa McFall, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Hamilton College
Title: Moving Beyond the "Back Room": The Expanded Role for Metadata and Catalog Librarians On Campus

Abstract: Catalog and metadata librarians have traditionally been housed in a back room of the library, leaving many people to ponder what exactly the “technical services department” does. The variety of skills needed to bring digital humanities projects to fruition presents the perfect opportunity for catalog and metadata librarians to show exactly what they do and how faculty and students can benefit from their skills.

Hamilton College formed the Digital Humanities Initiative in 2010 after receiving a three-year Mellon Grant. The "collection development team" that was formed as a part of this initiative included members of both the library and the information technology department and was conceived to build collaborations around supporting faculty research and the resulting data collections. One of the primary responsibilities that developed was the metadata and catalog librarian’s role in assisting faculty in thinking about how they envisioned interacting with their information in the digital archive and how that would be reflected in the associated metadata. As each faculty member worked closely with student fellows on their projects, metadata-specific training sessions for students were incorporated into a two-week training program on digital humanities and into the Introduction to Digital Humanities class.

This presentation will provide examples and highlight materials and methods that can be used by metadata and catalog librarians to share their metadata expertise with a broader campus community.


Presenter: Jason Kovari, Head of Metadata Services and Web Archivist, Humanities & Special Collections, Cornell University
Title: Consultative Metadata Services at Cornell University Library
 
Abstract: The complexity of digital research projects and growing interest in making content accessible online has brought an increasing number of consultation requests and collaborative projects to Cornell University Library's (CUL) Metadata Services unit (http://lts.library.cornell.edu/metadata). Though faculty and graduate student attention to metadata and the library's role as a collaborator has been on-the-rise, this is not a new phenomenon; since its founding, non-MARC metadata services at CUL have been chiefly consultative, facilitated by embedding metadata librarians within outward-facing virtual service units, such as DCAPS (http://dcaps.library.cornell.edu/) and RDMSG (http://data.research.cornell.edu/).

During the presentation, I will discuss staffing, services and governance structures as well as outreach methods to encourage non-library consultations and collaborations. I will strongly reference a number of projects where CUL's Metadata Services provided consultative services and collaborative development with non-library groups, likely including "Freedom on the Move", an in-development digital humanities project concerning runaway slave advertisements; consultation with researchers in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences working to make accessible images and research logs concerning early 20th century Alaskan glacial activity; and more.

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Discussion ALA Annual 2014 Program: Metadata and Indicators for Open Access

by Maureen Walsh on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 05:44 pm

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center, N253
Add this program to your Annual schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14396

Metadata and Indicators for Open Access

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center, N253
Add this program to your Annual schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14396

Metadata and Indicators for Open Access

Program co-sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group and the ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Presenter: Ben Showers, Head of Scholarly and Library Futures, Jisc

Title: Vocabularies for Open Access

Abstract: Open Access (OA) is an essential part of the scholarly communications ecosystem: From government mandates for publicly funded research through to the increasing reliance on open web searches to find and access scholarly content for students and researchers. For institutions and funding bodies, being able to track these research outputs is increasingly important, for institutional reputation, research enhancement and ensuring compliance with funding mandates. For students, researchers and the general public, it is important they are able to tell whether an article is available to read immediately, and, increasingly, what they can do with that article or content. The Jisc funded Vocabularies for Open Access (V4OA) project has been working with a wide variety of stakeholders such as NISO (National Information Standards Organisation), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), Society of College and National University Libraries (SCONUL) and United Kingdom Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR) to try and achieve a consensus on key vocabularies related to OA. The intention is firstly that V4OA to be, or form part of a standard or recognised international best practice on the description of open access research outputs and secondly that that these agreed vocabularies will be incorporated into key information systems thus allowing institutions and funders to capture and assess the nature and scale of Open Access ‘transactions’ across the scholarly landscape.

Presenter: Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

Title: Update on NISO's Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group

Abstract: The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Open Access Metadata and Indicators Working Group was chartered in March 2013 to develop protocols and mechanisms for transmitting the access status of scholarly works, such as individual articles. The intent of the group has been to develop a standardized set of metadata elements in order to share accessibility and potential re-use rights, to clarify an environment where it is currently very difficult for stakeholders (funders, authors, librarians and users) to determine whether a given article is compliant with conditions and policies. The area in which it has worked is a contentious one, with many differing opinions among stakeholders on what constitutes “open access.” These elements developed as part of the group’s recommendations that the elements be machine readable to enable systems to intake the data and re-use it in whatever form is appropriate for its own context.  The Working Group’s specification is expected to be finished with its public comment period and formally published in early 2014.

 

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