Assessing Descriptive Substance in Free-Text Collection-Level Metadata

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This paper discusses assessing descriptive substance in free-text collection-level metadata. This paper reports on a content analysis of collection records in an aggregation of cultural heritage collections.

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Creation Date: September 2008
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UNT College of Information
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Zavalina, Oksana

University of North Texas; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Palmer, Carole L.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Jackson, Amy S.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Han, Myung-Ja

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Place of Publication: [Göttinger, Germany]
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  • Creation: September 2008
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This paper discusses assessing descriptive substance in free-text collection-level metadata. This paper reports on a content analysis of collection records in an aggregation of cultural heritage collections.

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Abstract: Collection-level metadata has the potential to provide important information about the features and purpose of individual collections. This paper reports on a content analysis of collection records in an aggregation of cultural heritage collections. The findings show that the free-text Description field often provides more accurate and complete representation of subjects and object types than the specified fields. Properties such as importance, uniqueness, comprehensiveness, provenance, and creator are articulated, as well as other vital contextual information about the intentions of a collector and the value of a collection, as a whole, for scholarly users. The results demonstrate that the semantically rich free-text Description field is essential to understanding the context of collections in large aggregations and can serve as a source of data for enhancing and customizing controlled vocabularies.

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Keyword(s): descriptive metadata | collection-level metadata | Dublin Core Collection Application Profiles | federated digital collections | IMLS Digital Collections and Content Projects
Source: International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 2008, Berlin, Germany
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