Metadata and Description for Digital Special Collections
Instructor: Natalie Baur
Dates: September 3rd through 28th, 2019
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Methods and standards for metadata and description for unique digital collections are varied and present digital curators, catalogers and metadata librarians with a wide array of options, which can at times seem daunting. This course is designed to give the student an overview of current standards, schemas and applications of medatada models designed for the description and organization of digital collections, whether they be in materials in an institutional repository or digital special collections. We begin by exploring theory and current trends in description of digital collections, then delve into the standards and schemas most commonly adopted, and finally end with an overview of applications of metadata schemas in order to build a digital curation program that is right for the task at hand, including the use of organizational, descriptive and preservation metadata in a repository environment.
- Gain an understanding of the current metadata schemas and data models used in digital curation settings
- Understand how to evaluate digital collections and select and design an appropriate data model
- Explore ethical issues surrounding the selection and implementation of metadata schema and legal, copyright and access metadata for digital cultural heritage collections
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Digital Curation, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
Natalie Baur is currently the Digital Preservation Librarian at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, an institution of higher learning specializing in the humanities and social sciences. Previously, she served as the Archivist for the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries and was a 2015-2016 Fulbright-García Robles fellowship recipient, looking at digital preservation issues in Mexican libraries, archives and museums. She holds an M.A. in History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware and an M.L.S. with a concentration in Archives, Information and Records Management from the University of Maryland.
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.
You can register in this course through the first week of instruction (as long as enrollment is not full). The "Register" button above goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If you want to pay with Paypal, or if your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to send us a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements.