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Sustaining Collection Value: Managing Collection/Item Metadata Relationships

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Title: Sustaining Collection Value: Managing Collection/Item Metadata Relationships
Author(s): Renear, Allen H.; Urban, Richard J.; Wickett, Karen M.; Palmer, Carole L.; Dubin, David
Subject(s): Metadata Collections ontology Dublin Core Collection Application Profile Information Science Digital Collections
Abstract: Many aspects of managing collection/item metadata relationships are critical to sustaining collection value over time. Metadata at the collection-level not only provides context for finding, understanding, and using the items in the collection, but is often essential to the particular research and scholarly activities the collection is designed to support. Contemporary retrieval systems, which search across collections, usually ignore collection level metadata. Alternative approaches, informed by collection-level information, will require an understanding of the various kinds of relationships that can obtain between collection-level and item-level metadata. This paper outlines the problem and describes a project that is developing a logic-based framework for classifying collection-level/item-level metadata relationships. This framework will support (i) metadata specification developers defining metadata elements, (ii) metadata librarians describing objects, and (iii) system designers implementing systems that help users take advantage of collection-level metadata.
Issue Date: 2008-06
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: TextOther
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: Institute for Museum and Libary Services (Grant #LG06070020)
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-10-20

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