This sounds like an interesting idea. Within the environmental sciences, an
extensive list that is community maintained is available here:
The list includes several hundred metadata standards, community
vocabularies, ontologies, and related specifications, and it changes
dynamically as new specifications and resources become available. The site
also maintains a list of software tools (like metadata editors) and other
Maybe you could build off of existing community resources such as this to
build a meta-index that covers a broader set of disciplines. Combining
forces with groups like MMI could be a fast way to build up the list of
resources that you propose.
On Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM, Roy Tennant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This sounds like it's completely appropriate to do this on the "Library
> Success" wiki:
> On 3/11/10 3/11/10 € 10:30 AM, "Ingrid Schneider" <[log in to unmask]>
> > 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.,
> > 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
> > 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
> > email!
> > Ingrid Schneider