Metadata is basis of the work of DPLA. We rely on a growing network of Content Hubs, large repositories of digital content, and Service Hubs that aggregate metadata from partners. We, in turn, aggregate the Hubs’ metadata into the DPLA datastore.
With new Hubs, we often work together to identify organizational and governance structures that make the most sense for their local situation. Once an administrative model is established, the practical matter of how to aggregate their partners’ metadata and how to deal with deal with quality control over the resulting aggregated set plays a larger role.
DPLA’s Hub network does not rely on a single metadata aggregation workflow or tool, and own aggregation practices are quite a bit different from our partners’. While diversity in approaches is good in that each Hub can create a process that works best for them, it also means that our community hasn’t decided on a set of standard practices or tools.
We’ve recently implemented an application process for new Hubs, so it seems timely to start a conversation about metadata aggregation practices among our current and potential Hubs, their partners, and really, anyone else interested in sharing and enhancing metadata. It seems that there’s always something to learn about metadata aggregation, and we’re hopeful that DPLA can be a conduit for a discussion about some of the fundamental concepts and requirements for local practice and aggregation at scale.
To that end, on January 22, at 2 pm eastern, we will be hosting a webinar about metadata aggregation. We’ll be taking an inside look at aggregation best practices at two of our DPLA Service Hubs in North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition, DPLA has been working on improving our existing tools as well as creating some new ones for metadata aggregation and quality control.We’d like to share what’s in place and preview some of our plans and we hope to get feedback on future directions.
- Lisa Gregory and Stephanie Williams of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
- Heather Gilbert and Tyler Mobley of the South Carolina Digital Library
- Gretchen Gueguen of DPLA
This webinar will be offered to the public. Since we’ll be limited to 100 seats, please limit registration to no more than two seats per organization. Please get in touch with Gretchen with any questions.