Metadata for Data Resources
Instructor: Catelynne Sahadath
Dates: March 6-31, 2017
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Access to data resources in libraries has changed significantly in past years. Librarians tasked with helping users gain access to data resources face a decentralized environment that can be difficult for lay users to master. There is a need for libraries to develop strategies to make these resources discoverable. Some current solutions include creating detailed lists on library websites, loading MARC data into the catalogue, or creating separate databases for dataset metadata. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for data discoverability. Libraries need to develop their own strategies for the description and discovery of data resources. This also requires librarians to develop the skills necessary to find, manipulate, and use metadata for the data resources to which they have access.
The purpose of this course is to help librarians develop the skills necessary to strategically develop and execute a resource description strategy specific to data resources. Learners will gain exposure to the aspects of MARC relating to data resources, and the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI).
This course will be useful for information professionals who are responsible for facilitating access to data resources, as well as information professionals who are responsible for the management of metadata for data resources.
By the end of this course, learners will be able to:
- Develop a resource description strategy for data sets
- Find and clean metadata for data sets using open source tools, and common metadata standards including MARC and DDI
- Load and maintain metadata for data sets
- Sustainability planning for data discovery
Catelynne Sahadath is the Social Sciences Data Librarian at the University of Ottawa. She was formerly the Head of Metadata Development at the University of Calgary, and has previously worked on cataloguing and digitization projects for the Government of Canada. She holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia, as well as an Honours BA from the University of Toronto. Interview with Catelynn Sahadath
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.
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