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Draft Principles for Digitized Content

By Cory Lampert on February 27, 2007 12:10 PM | Permalink
From the Digitization Policy Task Force of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy come the Draft Principles for Digitized Content. The Digitization Principles Blog states in the introduction:
The accelerating mass digitization of collections in libraries and cultural heritage institutions demands a framework of principles and a body of policy to guide decision making and to enable values-driven choices. The principles for the digitization of content will provoke a review of American Library Association policies that address the creation, access, use and preservation of digital materials and that require revision, enhancement and creation.
The principles start off with the clear mandate that traditional library values apply to digital libraries. It continues with principles addressing the need for communication, collaboration, standards, and sustainability. There is also a principle highlighting the international and global reach of digital libraries. Principle 1

Why Metadata Matters

By Cory Lampert on December 6, 2006 3:10 PM | Permalink
When browsing a collection of really cool digital images, it can be easy to claim ignorance of the important role metadata plays in navigating a digital collection. To be honest, not many folks show a real passion for understanding and exploring why metadata matters so much. But, it truly is a very important part of any digital collection and I'd like to focus on one aspect of why it plays such an important role. In the recent workshop we held at UNLV, one question came up repeatedly, "Okay, so metadata is important. Well, what exactly is good metadata and what can good metadata do for me?" I have located a great article (mentioned in the workshop) that addresses this subject. Moving Towards Shareable Metadata concisely describes not only the importance of metadata, but some practical ways to create shareable metadata.