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Attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA?  Are you interested all things metadata?  Mark your calendars and attend our lightning talk session during the Metadata Interest Group Meeting on Sunday, January 22 from 8:30-10:00 in Georgia World Congress Center, room B204.  Following the lightning talks, a business meeting of the Metadata Interest Group will be held.  Presenters include:

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Join the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group in Orlando for our meeting at ALA Annual 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A. We will have two presentations (see below) followed by our business meeting and election. Please join us!

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Online Doc Agenda - ALA Annual 2017 (Chicago

by Michael Bolam on Sat, Jun 24, 2017 at 02:57 pm

AGENDA  
ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting
ALA Annual 2017 (Chicago)
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Place, W179b

Our Scheduler: http://bit.ly/2lYHGY5  
Our Connect Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/65847

AGENDA  
ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting
ALA Annual 2017 (Chicago)
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
McCormick Place, W179b

Our Scheduler: http://bit.ly/2lYHGY5  
Our Connect Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/65847

Evaluating Metadata Standards – Principles into Practice -- 8:30 - 9:15 am
Business Meeting -- 9:15 - 10:00 am 

Evaluating Metadata Standards – Principles into Practice

Jenn Riley, Lauren Corbett, and Erik Mitchell will present on their work in the Metadata Standards Committee in applying the Principles for Evaluating Metadata Standards (http://metaware.buzz/2016/08/04/principles-for-evaluating-metadata-standards/) to an example standard (the NISO Sample Tag Suite). The principles for evaluation were developed in 2016 to give metadata communities a common tool to explore standards design. The team will discuss the process for identifying standards to evaluate and approach to reviewing standards as well as the outcomes, lessons learned and next steps for the metadata principles.

Business Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions

  2. Approval of minutes from ALA Midwinter 2017 - http://connect.ala.org/files/ALCTS-MIG_2017MW_minutes.docx

  3. Liaison Reports

    1. MLA (Music Library Association)

    2. CC:DA

    3. Others?

  4. Officer Reports

    1. Programming activities for 2017 - Anna Neatrour and Darnelle Melvin

    2. Secretary - Janet Ahrberg

    3. Blog Coordinator - Deborah E. Kulczak

    4. Chair & Vice-Chair - Mike Bolam and Liz Woolcott

  5. Elections

    1. The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group has the following offices open for election:

      1. Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2017-2018, Chair 2018-2019)

      2. Program Co-Chair (2017-2019)

      3. Secretary (2017-2019)

    2. Solicit Nominations

    3. Conduct Election via Google Forms 

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Online Doc Call for Nominations 2017

by Liz Woolcott on Thu, May 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group has the following offices open for election:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2017-2018, Chair 2018-2019)
  • Program Co-Chair (2017-2019)
  • Secretary (2017-2019)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2017. Officers must be able to commit to attending both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual during their terms.

Elections will be held during the Metadata Interest Group meeting on Sunday, June 25th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, McCormick Place W179b.

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group has the following offices open for election:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (Vice-Chair 2017-2018, Chair 2018-2019)
  • Program Co-Chair (2017-2019)
  • Secretary (2017-2019)

Terms are two years and begin following ALA Annual 2017. Officers must be able to commit to attending both ALA Midwinter and ALA Annual during their terms.

Elections will be held during the Metadata Interest Group meeting on Sunday, June 25th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, McCormick Place W179b.

Anyone interested in standing for election to one of these offices is invited to get in touch with Mike Bolam (mrbst20@pitt.edu) and/or Liz Woolcott (liz.woolcott@usu.edu) prior to ALA. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to announce your intent to run in advance. Additional nominations will be taken prior to the election at the meeting.

 

Chair Responsibilities

  • Organize Metadata Interest Group (MIG) Meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference - Create agenda, coordinate with external group liaisons for reports, and facilitate the business meeting portion of the meeting

  • Communicate with ALCTS Leadership regarding IG business/programming

  • Submit IG reports after ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference

  • Post relevant content to Metadata IG ALA Connect page, including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, program slides, and calls for proposals.

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

Vice-Chair Responsibilities

  • Assist chair with meeting and conference reports

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

  • Coordinate Elections - Draft and distribute call for nominations. Run election at MIG business meeting at ALA Annual.

Program Co-chairs Responsibilities

  • Submit program proposals to ALCTS/ALA for consideration at ALA Annual/Pre-Conference

  • Develop and promote calls for proposals, coordinate program proposal reviews, speaker selection, and communicate with speakers

  • Promote programs via email, Metadata Blog, ALA Connect, and other social media platforms prior to conferences

  • Facilitate programs and events at conferences

Blog Coordinator Responsibilities

  • Post MIG information to Metadata Blog (http://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/), including meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and calls for proposals.

  • Post about other metadata related events, meetings, etc.

  • Curate other content for the blog, including follow-up posts on programs, profiles on MIG members, etc

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

Secretary Responsibilities

  • Take minutes at the MIG Meetings at ALA Annual and Midwinter.

  • Submit minutes to MIG Chair and Blog Coordinator for posting on ALA Connect and Metadata Blog.

  • Assist with programming, proposal review, and speaker selection.

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Online Doc Presentation Slides: Midwinter 2017 Lightning Talks

by Michael Bolam on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 08:54 am

Slide decks will be added as they are received by the Metadata Interest Group. 

 


 

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Slide decks will be added as they are received by the Metadata Interest Group. 

 


 

Presentation Title: Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Virginia

Abstract: The University of Virginia (UVa.) contributes thousands of digitized photographs to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Plans are underway to submit additional objects from multiple legacy digital conversion projects. These projects were implemented in MODS over the course of several years. As local policies evolved, descriptive metadata practices differed across collections. The UVa. Library’s Metadata Analysis and Design team is now in the midst of a large-scale project to remediate this data. Thanks to detailed documentation online about the DPLA’s metadata application profile, and helpful analysis from DPLA staff, a strategy has been implemented to ensure consistent metadata display for UVa. content. Remediation is accomplished using the Python programming language’s lxml package and validated with a custom schematron file. This lightning talk will present some of the changes required for the remediation and review how lxml and schematron automated the process.

Presentation Title: Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Standardized Metadata Practices in a Digital Repository

Presenter: Sai Deng – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Central Florida

Abstract: While implementing standards in cataloging digital collections is often a Metadata Librarian’s conscience or inner desire, sometimes it’s a challenge to do so if a system is not built to accommodate such standardized practices. This kind of dilemma is not uncommon in the metadata and digital repository arena. This presentation will address the various challenges in working with metadata in digital repositories such as, name authority control for authors, departments and colleges, type values selection, keywords and subject choices, whether to add linked data URIs to various fields in the records and data discrepancies in harvesting data into the OCLC’s Digital Collection Gateway. Sometimes trying to follow controlled vocabularies or standardized metadata practices seems to be at odds with what the system can accommodate or what many non-catalogers prefer. This presentation will discuss how the Metadata Librarian, Digital Initiatives people and other librarians work together to make careful, practical and conscientious choices.

Presentation Title: Using MarcEdit to retool existing MARC records of paper maps for use in an online geoportal

Presenter: Tim Kiser – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Presenter: Nicole Smeltekop – Special Materials Catalog Librarian
Affiliation: Michigan State University

Abstract: The Michigan State University Libraries recently joined the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal, a consortial online discovery tool for maps and geographic data. Contributing our scanned paper maps to the geoportal required submission of metadata suitable for the generation of ISO 19115-compliant records. To accomplish this, we devised a workflow using MarcEdit to convert our existing MARC records for paper maps to MARC records for digital maps — which could then be delivered to the geoportal as MARCXML records. This lightning talk will outline our considerations for the project and the steps taken to accomplish it.

Presentation Title: Metadata Migration to Leverage Linked Data in an Institutional Repository

Presenter: Brian Luna Lucero – Digital Repository Coordinator
Affiliation: Columbia University

Abstract: This talk will present the project of migrating records to a new cataloging tool for Academic Commons, Columbia’s institutional repository, with an emphasis on metadata modeling for the new application and transformation of the subjects for all records from the ProQuest vocabulary to FAST.

Over the last year, Columbia University Libraries has supported development of a new cataloging tool, codenamed Hyacinth, for digital collections in order to unify the workflows of several departments and ease the demands for maintenance of multiple platforms. Hyacinth also provides an upgrade over older tools by operating on Hydra architecture and incorporating linked data at its core. Creating one tool that suits the cataloging needs of different departments and projects presented its own technical challenges, however.

Hyacinth serializes records in MODS XML, but was designed to be scheme-agnostic. Achieving this aim required input from metadata experts familiar with the various projects and materials that would be handled by Hyacinth. Normalizing labels for names, genres, academic units, and subjects across numerous projects and departments also presented a challenge. This led to the creation of a URI service that is integral to Hyacinth. The URI service can pull information from external authorities as well as mint local URIs for entities not identified elsewhere.

The migration of Academic Commons records also required a transformation of subjects for approximately 20,000 records to the FAST vocabulary in order to capitalize on Hyacinth’s linked data architecture. We used OpenRefine and a mapping table to replace ProQuest subjects with equivalent FAST terms and add FAST URIs to the records. We also piloted text matching processes to see if any can automatically suggest FAST subjects that match keywords in abstracts. These experiments have produced mixed results.

Presentation TitleMetadata Librarian’s Little Helper: OpenRefine Reconciliation Services

Presenter: Greer Martin – Discovery & Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology

Abstract: OpenRefine has many vocabulary reconciliation options, not only with Library of Congress Authorities and VIAF, but also with homegrown data such as a local authority file. With unruly legacy metadata, reconciliation was a major chapter in the story of our records migration to ArchivesSpace. Taking a systematic approach to our vocabulary reconciliation and using OpenRefine’s reconciliation services allowed non-catalogers to assist in this crucial stage of metadata cleanup. This lightning talk will explain how two OpenRefine reconciliation services were incorporated into our migration workflow, with special attention paid to Reconcile-csv, which resolves to a CSV file.

Presentation Title: Git a Grip: Using GitHub to Manage your Metadata Application Profile

Presenter: Anne Washington – Metadata Librarian
Affiliation: University of Houston

Abstract: Local Metadata Application Profiles and input guidelines are always evolving. GitHub provides a simple way to manage metadata documentation with the added benefit of versioning. This allows metadata specialists to see changes in practice over time. Learn how University of Houston Libraries is using GitHub to create and manage their Metadata Application Profile.

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Online Doc Agenda for Midwinter 2017 meeting (Atlanta)

by Michael Bolam on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:42 pm

AGENDA  

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting

ALA Midwinter 2017 (Atlanta)

Sunday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center, B204

 

AGENDA  

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting

ALA Midwinter 2017 (Atlanta)

Sunday, January 22, 2016, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Georgia World Congress Center, B204

 

Our Scheduler: http://bit.ly/2hRQdd4

Our Connect Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/65847

 

Lightning Talks -- 8:30 - 9:30 am

Business Meeting -- 9:30 - 10:00 am

 

Lightning Talks

More information on the presentations, including abstracts available at the Metadata Interest Group Blog:

http://www.alcts.ala.org/metadatablog/2016/12/metadata-lightning-talks-at-the-metadata-interest-group-meeting-ala-midwinter-2017/

 

Automating XML remediation with Python’s lxml package and schematron

Presenter: Jeremy Bartczak – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Virginia

 

Overcoming the Challenges of Implementing Standardized Metadata Practices in a Digital Repository

Presenter: Sai Deng – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Central Florida

 

Using MarcEdit to retool existing MARC records of paper maps for use in an online geoportal

Presenter: Tim Kiser – Special Materials Catalog Librarian

Presenter: Nicole Smeltekop – Special Materials Catalog Librarian

Affiliation: Michigan State University

Metadata Migration to Leverage Linked Data in an Institutional Repository

Presenter: Brian Luna Lucero – Digital Repository Coordinator

Affiliation: Columbia University

 

Metadata Librarian’s Little Helper: OpenRefine Reconciliation Services

Presenter: Greer Martin – Discovery & Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Git a Grip: Using GitHub to Manage your Metadata Application Profile

Presenter: Anne Washington – Metadata Librarian

Affiliation: University of Houston

Business Meeting Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions

  2. Approval of minutes from ALA Annual 2016 - http://connect.ala.org/files/ALCTS_MIG-2016AC_minutes_0.docx

  3. Liaison Reports

    1. MLA (Music Library Association) - Jim Soe Nyun

    2. CC:DA - Jessica Hayden

    3. Others?

  4. Officer Reports

    1. Programming activities for 2017 - Anna Neatrour and Darnelle Melvin

    2. Secretary - Janet Ahrberg

    3. Blog Coordinator - Deborah E. Kulczak

    4. Chair & Vice-Chair - Mike Bolam and Liz Woolcott

    5. Upcoming Officer Recruitment

      1. Mike will create a ballot for the election of the following roles at ALA Annual 2017. Contact him at mrbst20@pitt.edu if interested!

        1. Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect for July 2017 - June 2019

        2. Program Co-Chair for July 2017 - June 2019

        3. Secretary for July 2017 - June 2019

  5. ALA Annual Conference Remodel - http://connect.ala.org/node/262302
  6. Metadata Blog

    1. Revitalizing the Metadata Blog.

    2. Reaching out the community to become contributors.

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Online Doc Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes

by Michael Bolam on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Metadata Interest Group Meeting Minutes for Annual Conference and Midwinter Meetings, from Midwinter 2000 to Annual 2016.

Online Doc Position Available: Ohio State University Libraries Diversity Resident of Metadata Transformation

by Morag Boyd on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 09:27 am

The Ohio State University Libraries will be opening a Mary P. Key Diversity Resident search for a Metadata Transformation Librarian on February 9, 2015. Please spread the word about this great opportunity.

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