Metadata best practices and guidelines function as an essential mechanism for metadata planning, application and management, and interoperability. There has been a rapidly growing body of digital repositories and collections; accordingly, a wide range of digital projects and initiatives have adopted various metadata standards. Because of differences in the formats and knowledge domains of the resources, it is inevitable that these digital projects and initiatives may have different needs regarding metadata. Therefore, when a metadata standard is adopted in various institutions and organizations, it may have to be modified to reflect the community needs and characteristics of given resources. The flexibility and complex structure of natural language allow for the representation of a concept in various ways. Thus, common understanding and definitions of terms in a given metadata standard is essential for quality metadata generation, management, interoperability and resource sharing. This opens up a pressing need for a systematic examination of documentation practices, an area that up to now has been relatively unexplored. This book begins to fill the research gap through an empirical assessment of metadata guidelines and best practices.
This is a book published as a special issue of the Journal of Library Metadata.
1. Introduction Jung-ran Park 2. Metadata Decisions for Digital Libraries: A Survey Report Marcia Lei Zeng, Jaesun Lee, and Allene F. Hayes 3. A Metadata Best Practice for a Scientific Data Repository Jane Greenberg, Hollie C. White, Sarah Carrier, and Ryan Scherle 4. Metadata for Special Collections in CONTENTdm: How to Improve Interoperability of Unique Fields Through OAI-PMH Myung-Ja Han, Christine Cho, Timothy W. Cole, and Amy S. Jackson 5. Implications and Challenges of Educational Standards Metadata Anne R. Diekema 6. Defining Best Practices in Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Metadata Rebecca L. Lubas 7. Implementing TEI Projects and Accompanying Metadata for Small Libraries: Rationale and Best Practices Richard Wisneski and Virginia Dressler 8. Providing Metadata for Compound Digital Objects: Strategic Planning for an Institution’s First Use of METS, MODS, and MIX Michael Dulock and Christopher Cronin 9. Documenting Local Procedures: The Development of Standard Digitization Processes Through the Dear Comrade Project Emily Symonds and Cinda May