The factors that dictate the metadata standards used by various digitization projects

I think what metadata standard is utilized in a digitization project is going to be based on a number of factors 1) the software that will be used to present the metadata (for example if a particular CMS is unable to link metadata records then it would not make sense to have a relational metadata element as a part of your schema) 2) the nature of what you are digitizing (for example multi-part objects will need structural metadata to describe the relationship between the parts) 3) the needs of the expected users groups 4) The constraints of time and human capital (metadata librarians and data entry para-professionals only have so much time or subject knowledge to provide metadata for a particular collection. So certain metadata elements or standards may be impractical for a large number of libraries.)

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2 responses to “The factors that dictate the metadata standards used by various digitization projects

  1. I agree… I myself have waited around to have the time to do something perfectly, when in the meantime the materials aren’t findable at all. Sometimes it is important to get something, even if it isn’t as complete as it ought to be. On the other hand, we know that it will be a toss up as to whether or not anyone will ever look at anything again…
    A lot of the comments this week express the tension between our ideals and the realities we are confined by. It seems like no matte what the project, we end up saying “if only…” There are maybe no perfect situations, but as you say, good planning can make the best of them!

  2. I have a tendency to put the needs of users ahead of the time that I have available for projects often to the detriment of the needs of those users. Trying to find the right balance between the items on your list and agreeing on the give and take between opinions is where we run into the issues and end up with standards for different types of library/librarian.

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