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Event Summary

The Alliance Digital Repository held a "Metadata Day" for the ADR Services Committee to discuss new developments in descriptive metadata in digital repositories. Attendees gave presentations, discussed ways to improve ADR descriptive metadata, and formed a working group to develop an updated ADR data dictionary for all members.

Agenda & Attendees

ADR Metadata Day 2013 Agenda

ADR Metadata Day Attendee List

Morning: Discussions

MODS Metadata Guidelines

  • The ADR metadata form works well for bibliographic metadata. If we ingest more non-bibliographic resources, we may have to use other metadata schemas.
  • The ADR serves two groups of users interested in metadata: repository managers/catalogers who create metadata, and end users who use metadata to find resources.
  • The best way to improve discovery and interoperability at the moment is not to change which elements we're using, but what metadata is being entered in those elements. Therefore, we need a local content standard or data dictionary that provides best practices for making metadata and applies to all ADR sites.

Aggregated Search

  • ADR metadata is contained in a single Apache Solr index, but there isn't currently a single target for cross-institution searching and harvesting.
  • A good first step would be to look at discovery interfaces we could put on top of the existing Solr index, such as Blacklight.
  • We should also investigate the possibility of creating a single OAI-PMH target for harvesting all repository objects.
  • Before we aggregate the metadata, we should agree on data content standards in the data dictionary.

Afternoon: Presentations

Introduction to Linked Data - Robin Dean, ADR - Kevin Clair, University of Denver

MARC & MODS to BIBFRAME Linked Data - Jeremy Nelson, Colorado College

Viewshare - Jane Monson, University of Northern Colorado

ResourceSync - Alison Verplaetse, Regis University

Outcomes and Decisions

We decided on two phases for improving the aggregation and sharing of repository metadata.

  1. Create an ADR Data Dictionary that will help members standardize how they enter metadata, particularly dates, names, and subjects. Due by the end of November 2013.
  2. Create requirements and a roadmap for an aggregated portal for searching and harvesting ADR metadata. Requirements and roadmap due by February 2014 as part of ADR strategic planning.