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Jane Greenberg: “Metadata Capital 2: The Metaphor Extended” (IOrg Lecture)

Written on 03/28/2014. Filed under .

IOrg Lecture
Metadata Capital 2: The Metaphor Extended

Jane Greenberg
Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lunch will be served.

Bio
Jane Greenberg is 2013-2015 senior associate researcher with SOIS’ Information Organization Research Group. 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 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.

Abstract
Jane Greenberg revisits the metaphor of “Metadata Capital” extending the concept. 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.