Metadata I: From the Beginning, by Dodie Gaudet
What is metadata? It is:
- data about data
- a method for organizing information for retrieval
- bibliographic record - cataloging, among other definitions.
If "Core" is part of the name of the standard, that means that the standard is pretty basic. Standards have a governing group. DC is maintained by Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI).
DC is flexble because it is extensible, works with other metadata, and uses commonly understood terminology.
A program, programming language, or protocol is extensible if it is designed so that users or developers can expand or add to its capabilities. ex. a Dewey number might get longer as a book's subject gets more precise: 782.9867875432. Dewey is extensible! Some common mark-up languages used to make web pages use the letter X to signify extensibility, such as XML and XHTML.
Differences of Dublin Core when used with Digital Treasures Project (DTP):
- DC is extensible, but not when in use with DTP
- In DC, all elements optional can leave a field blank. In Digital Treasures all items require title
- all items are repeatable / can appear in any order while in use
- controlled vocabulary is recommended (LC Subject Headings)
- similarity in bibliographic record
- Title self-explanatory / it is helpful to use something specific
- Creator / author /who took photograph / can not use on separate lines/ use semicolon
- Subject /content of the resource / what is in photo?
- description / freedom
- publisher: C/WMARS
- contributor: help / assistant / illustrator
- Date: date of photograph or text / ISO8601
- type: image or text
- format: image/jpg or text/jpg
- identifier: to find in your library
- source: consider relation item first; can describe ex. 8.5 x 11 text
- Language: ISO639 en-US
- Relation: came from said book, or letter is from collection
- coverage: time period or physical location
- rights: copyright / permission
- simply send your metadata and photo to C/WMARS -you must create metadata first, or it might never get done.