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From: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:20:08 -0400
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From: Riley, Jenn [mailto:jenlrile@indiana.edu]
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Cc: 'Devin Becker'
Subject: [DIGLIB] Visualization of the Metadata Universe

(This message is being sent to multiple lists; please excuse duplication.)

The sheer number of metadata standards in the cultural heritage sector
is overwhelming, and their inter-relationships further complicate the
situation. A new resource, Seeing Standards: A Visualization of the
Metadata Universe,
<http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~jenlrile/metadatamap/>, is intended to
assist planners with the selection and implementation of metadata
standards. Seeing Standards is in two parts: (1) a poster-sized
visualization plotting standards based on their applicability in a
variety of contexts, and (2) a glossary of metadata standards in
either poster or pamphlet form.

Each of the 105 standards listed is evaluated on its strength of
application to defined categories in each of four axes: community,
domain, function, and purpose. Standards more strongly allied with a
category are displayed towards the center of each hemisphere, and
those still applicable but less strongly allied are displayed along
the edges. The strength of a standard in a given category is
determined by a mixture of its adoption in that category, its design
intent, and its overall appropriateness for use in that category.

The standards represented are among those most heavily used or
publicized in the cultural heritage community, though certainly not
all standards that might be relevant are included. A small set of the
metadata standards plotted on the main visualization also appear as
highlights above the graphic. These represent the most commonly known
or discussed standards for cultural heritage metadata.

Work preparing Seeing Standards was supported by a professional
development grant from the Indiana University Libraries. Content was
developed by Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian in the Indiana University
Digital Library Program. Design work was performed by Devin Becker of
the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, and
soon to be Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communications Librarian at
the University of Idaho.

I hope this resource proves to be helpful to those working with
metadata standards in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural
heritage institutions.


Jenn Riley
Metadata Librarian
Digital Library Program
Indiana University - Bloomington
Wells Library W501
(812) 856-5759

Inquiring Librarian blog: www.inquiringlibrarian.blogspot.com
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