Instructor: Grace Agnew
Dates: Not currently scheduled
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
This course focuses on the tools and technologies involved in metadata design. A significant benefit of metadata is that its flexibility for customization to the needs of the organization and the resource. This course provides the tools needed to design metadata to support the needs of users and collections. Students will learn the tools of metadata design, beginning with the data model that abstracts the meaning and value of the collection, the registry, which formalizes the data model into workable metadata elements, to standardizing the values that populate metadata through ontology and vocabulary development. Students are also introduced to metadata expression, through the collaborative design of an XML schema and through use of XML and RDF to document metadata instances from the schema. The course concludes by discussing how to apply these tools to existing metadata schemas. At the end of the course, students will be able to effectively design metadata to support their community’s and institution’s information needs.
This course has a follow-up: Metadata Implementation.
Grace Agnew is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries. She has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005, where she developed and taught the course, Metadata for the Information Professional. She is co-author of Getting Mileage Out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and Digital Rights Management: A Librarians’ Guide to Technology and Practice (Chandos Press, 2008). Interview with Grace Agnew
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.