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Title: Metadata Quality for Federated Collections
Author(s): Stvilia, Besiki; Gasser, Les; Twidale, Michael B.; Shreeves, Sarah L.; Cole, Timothy W.
Subject(s): IMLS DCC Digital libraries Metadata
Abstract: This paper presents early results from our empirical studies of metadata quality in large corpuses of metadata harvested under Open Archives Initiative (OAI) protocols. Along with some discussion of why and how metadata quality is important, an approach to conceptualizing, measuring, and assessing metadata quality is presented. The approach given in this paper is based on a more general model of information quality (IQ) for many kinds of information beyond just metadata. A key feature of the general model is its ability to condition quality assessments by context of information use, such as the types of activities that use the information, and the typified norms and values of relevant information-using communities. The paper presents a number of statistical characterizations of analyzed samples of metadata from a large corpus built as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Digital Collections and Contents (IMLS DCC) project containing OAI-harvested metadata and links these statistical assessments to the quality measures, and interprets them. Finally the paper discusses several approaches to quality improvement for metadata based on the study findings.
Issue Date: 2004-11-06
Citation Info: Proceedings of ICIQ04 - 9th International Conference on Information Quality. Cambridge, MA: 111-1125
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/721
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: IMLS National Leadership Grant LG-02-02-0281
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-05-17
 

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