Apologies for cross-posting. Some of you may have seen this last week.
I have an idea that I've been tossing around for a while, and I'd like
to ask your opinion on it and gauge possible interest.
As a new metadata librarian working on building a digital program from
the ground up, I've spent a lot of time searching for little bits of
information. Information on different metadata schemes, what software is
available for what purpose, functions of the software we currently have
that might help us on our way, exporting and importing data, etc., etc.,
The idea I had was to start a wiki where all the myriad knowledge and
information on metadata, digital collections, digital objects, IRs, etc.
can be gathered. I envision gathering such information as:
*Different metadata schemes: maybe summaries, intended uses, pros and
cons, idiosyncrasies, etc.
*Different software options: coverage of software being used in our
institutions; again with pros and cons, idiosyncracies, workarounds, etc.
*Processes: how exactly do you export from FileMaker Pro (for example)?
Or build a tab delimited file for importing? How does the tab delimited
file link to the digital objects?
*Resources: Information on relevant blogs, mailing lists, associations,
interest groups, etc.
*Information from mailing lists: Answers to questions that come up
frequently, topics that generate special interest among the
participants, topics that may be of interest to people outside of the list.
Of course, I'm still learning much of this, so I'd have to ask for
community participation. If enough people seem interested in having the
resource available and/or contributing I'll go ahead and move forward
with it. Feel free to email me off list, and thank you for reading my
Ingrid Schneider, M.L.S.
Metadata & Authority Control Librarian
New Mexico State University Library
PO Box 30006 / MSC 3475
Las Cruces, NM 88003