Dr. Jane Greenberg: “Metadata Capital” (Colloquium)

Written on 10/31/2013. Filed under .

On Thursday, November 7, 12:00 am-2:00 pm, NWQ 3511, Dr. Jane Greenberg will present a colloquium “Metadata Capital.” Lunch will be served at 12 noon.

Abstract: Metadata capital examines metadata as ‘an asset’ and encompasses metadata in a wide diversity of settings, including knowledge organization systems. Metadata reuse can be examined as a form of capital. Metadata reuse across systems and amongst communities may increase the value metadata as an asset. Conversely, reuse of poor quality metadata may reduce capital. Following this logic, it is important to identify aspects of information systems and workflows that contribute to capital and enable a net gain.This presentation draws from work on metadata capital explored within the context of the Dryad data repository and the HIVE (Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering) initiative. These efforts facilitate reuse of good quality metadata where it is feasible. The presentation will define ‘metadata capital’ and associated practices, highlight selected research approaches, and report on research examining metadata capital.

Jane Greenberg is professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the Metadata Research Center. She is also a senior associate researcher with the Information Organization Research Group (IOrg) in the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a senior scientist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham North Carolina. She is the PI for the HIVE initiative, a coPI for the Dryad repository project, and a senior researcher on the U.S. Datanet Federation Consortium DataNet. Jane Greenberg has served on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative’s (DCMI) Advisory Board since 2005 and serves as the 2012-3013 chair for the ASIST/SIG/Classification Research Group. She co-leads a number of efforts, including the DCMI Science and Metadata community, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Metadata Standards Directory Working Group, the DataONE Preservation and Metadata Working Group (PAMWG), and the CODATA Data at Risk Working Group.