The TDL Metadata Working Group (MWG) met on Tuesday, September 14, at Baylor University to discuss its agenda and goals for the coming academic year.
The group’s purpose is to provide TDL with general metadata expertise and to develop educational resources and best practices related to metadata for TDL members. It has made significant progress towards its three principal goals: (1) creating best practices for images and datasets (2) creating metadata courses for TDL training and (3) developing a metadata information website.
As reported at the fall meeting, the group’s accomplishments include:
- the creation of the TDL Metadata website, located at http://blogs.tdl.org/metadata, which provides information resources about metadata, as well as updates on MWG activities;
- the development of a “data dictionary” of core descriptive metadata elements that will serve as the basis for developing best practices for images and datasets;
- a draft of a white paper detailing results of a survey of metadata needs at Texas academic, cultural, and educational institutions; and
- plans to offer a metadata course for spring 2011 entitled “Dublin Core and More: How to Create Descriptive Metadata Records for Digital Objects.”
The TDL Metadata Working Group is chaired by Amanda Harlan, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian at Baylor University, and includes members from six TDL member universities.
More information about the Metadata Working Group, including a full summary of the most recent meeting can be read on the TDL Metadata Working Group blog at http://blogs.tdl.org/metadata/.