Often referred to as data that describes other data, metadata is structured reference data that helps to sort and identify attributes of the information it describes. A new edition of a resource has been released for those in the real-world practice of metadata. This news came to us from Facet Publishing in their article, “Metadata for Digital Collections [Ed. 2]: A How-To-Do-It Manual.”
Since the first edition of Steven Jack Miller’s Metadata for Digital Collections was published, many things have changed. The second edition now provides up to date guidance for readers reflecting those changes.
Readers will learn about the concept of metadata and its functions for digital collections, why it’s essential to approach metadata specifically as data for machine processing and how metadata can work in the rapidly developing Linked Data environment
From library to museum worker, this book provides knowledge to anyone creating an online collection of digitized resources who lacks confidence with metadata or just wants the latest advice.
Metadata makes digital content findable. However, findability works only when a proper taxonomy is in place. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.
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