UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

School of Information Studies


L&I SCI 714 – Metadata (3 Credits)

Section 001 – Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:40 pm – Bolton 289

Fall 2011


SYLLABUS


Instructor: Margaret Kipp

E-mail: kipp@uwm.edu (best contact method)

Phone: 414-229-2569

Fax: 414-229-6699

Office Hours: Thursday afternoon, before and after class on Wednesday, or by appointment


CATALOG DESCRIPTION

Principles and applications of metadata for digital resource representation and retrieval using various schemes. Includes metadata creation, management, and dissemination, especially for digital libraries. 3 credits.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This course provides students opportunities to learn, evaluate, and apply principles of metadata for a variety of digital resources. Course coverage includes metadata terminology, element sets, controlled vocabularies, and encoding schemes. The course includes applications of metadata standards for different purposes and environments, especially for digital libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage and scholarly digital repositories, as well as various approaches to metadata creation, storage, management, and dissemination, including harvesting and aggregating. This course would be of interest to students intending to deepen their knowledge about organization of information, digital libraries and museums, institutional repositories, content management, and information architecture.


PREREQUISITES


OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


METHOD

Lecture/Discussion/Readings/Examples – to achieve a satisfactory understanding of the course material and to fulfil requirements of the assignments, students are expected to attend the lectures, read the readings, participate in discussion, and explore examples.


TEXTBOOK

Zeng, Marcia Lei & Jian Qin. 2008. Metadata. New York: Neal-Schuman. ISBN: 9781555706357.


WEB SOURCES

D2L: https://uwm.courses.wisconsin.edu/

Web: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/kipp/public/courses/714/

Examples: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/kipp/public/courses/714/metadataexamples/

Calendar (ICal): https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/kipp/public/courses/714/714fall2011calendar.ics

Omeka (CMS): http://mysois.uwm.edu/omeka/


COURSE OUTLINE


Date

Class

Readings

1

'Sept 7

Introduction to Metadata

2

'Sept 14

Metadata Schemas and Functional Requirements (Slides)


Metadata Creation Exercise

  • Zeng and Qin. Metadata. Sections 3.1-3.2;

  • Chopey. 2005. Planning and Implementing a Metadata-Driven Digital Repository. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 40 (3/4): 255-287. (Library Journals);

  • Arms. Some Observations on Metadata and Digital Libraries. http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/bibcontrol/arms_paper.html


Examples:

3

'Sept 21

Metadata Structure Standards (Dublin Core and digital resource description) (Slides)


Metadata Creation Exercise

4

'Sept 28

Metadata Value Standards and Working with a CMS (Slides)


Value Standards Exercise


Working with Omeka


Examples:

5

'Oct 5

Metadata Project Planning and Documentation (Application Profiles and XML) (Slides)


Examples:

6

'Oct 12

Metadata Structure Standards (MARC, MARCXML, MODS, XML with CSS) (Slides)


7

'Oct 19

Administrative and Structural Metadata (Slides)


8

'Oct 26

Metadata Exchange and Encoding Standards (XML Encoding, XSLT, XSD) (Slides)

9

'Nov 2

Domain Specific Metadata (Slides - EAD, VRA and CCO)


Metadata Schema Group presentations

10

'Nov 9

Domain Specific Metadata (Slides - Other Standards)


Metadata Schema Group presentations

  • Zeng and Qin. Metadata. Section 2.2, 2.3, 2.4.1, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8;

  • Burnard and Sperberg-McQueen. 2002. TEI Lite: An Introduction to Text Encoding for Interchange. Sections 1-3 and 20. http://www.tei-c.org/Guidelines/Customization/Lite/teiu5_en.html;

  • Greenberg. 2005. Understanding Metadata and Metadata Schemes. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 40 (3/4): 17-36. (Library Journals);

11

'Nov 16

Conceptual Models of Metadata Records (Slides)


12

'Nov 23

No Class - Thanksgiving

13

'Nov 30

Metadata Services (Slides)

  • Zeng and Qin. Metadata. Chapter 6 + Sections 3.4, 3.6;

  • OAI for Beginners - the Open Archives Forum online tutorial http://www.oaforum.org/tutorial/;

  • Jackson et al. Dublin Core Metadata Harvested Through OAI-PMH. Journal of Library Metadata 8:1 (2008) 5-21. http://hdl.handle.net/2142/9091;

  • Hicks, et al. 2007. Application Profile Development for Consortial Digital Libraries: An OhioLINK Case Study. Library Resources and Technical Services 51(2): 33-43. (Library Journals);

14

'Dec 7

Metadata Quality and Interoperability (Slides)

15

'Dec 14

Metadata and the Semantic Web (Slides)


ASSIGNMENTS


Assignment

Percent of final mark

Due

Last date assignment will be accepted

1

Metadata Encoding Assignment

25 (5 per schema)

  1. MLA or APA: Class 2

  2. AACR2/MARC: Class 3

  3. DC: Class 4

  4. MODS in XML: Class 8

  5. Your Choice: Class 12

  1. MLA or APA: Class 3

  2. AACR2/MARC: Class 4

  3. DC: Class 5

  4. MODS in XML: Class 9

  5. Your Choice: Class 13

2

Metadata Schema Presentation

15

Class 8-11

Selected Date

P

Digital Repository Project

40 (Proposal 10, Repository 30)

Abstract: Class 3

Proposal: Class 7

Repository: Last Class

Last Class

P

Metadata Schema Creation Project

15

Ongoing

Last Class


Participation

5




Due Dates

All assignments and projects should be submitted through D2L before midnight on the due date. Students should strive to submit assignments by the due date, but may have until the dates listed under "last date assignment will be accepted." At least one assignment must be submitted by Class 4. The final deadline is the last class (this includes papers and projects).


Students must contact the instructor before the deadline for any extensions.


Participation

Students are expected to participate in discussion (in class or online) as a demonstration of their ability to articulate key concepts. Participation will consist of:


  1. participation in in-class exercises and discussions. Group answers and results should be posted to the relevant discussion group either during or after class.

  2. analytical summary of 1 set of weekly readings to be posted to the discussion groups. These summaries may consist of responses to readings, but may also include additional articles or other items related to the course (relevant cartoons and videos are always interesting). Include a full citation (and URL if possible) and a brief explanation of how the item is relevant to the course. Responses need not exceed 350 words.


If you are unable to attend class you are responsible for providing responses to the readings or the weekly topic on the D2L discussion group (in addition to the required 1 summary) in lieu of participation in the in-class exercises and discussions.


Expectations for this class

It is expected that students will show consideration for all members of the class and contribute in a constructive manner which is conducive to a good learning environment. Students should consider the relevance of their contributions before contributing in class or posting to D2L. Violations of these expectations may result in reduced participation points.


Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the unacknowledged borrowing of ideas or material from someone else's work. It is considered an academic offence and can be considered grounds for failure in a course or expulsion from the programme. Cite all references. This applies to all material including images, sounds or videos. (http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/help/faq/plagiarism.cfm)


It is also expected that you will consult and cite the research and professional literature where merited and not rely solely on encyclopedias, newspapers or unpublished, online sources. A paper whose sole sources are blogs and Wikipedia (or similar sites) will be returned ungraded.


Technology in the Classroom (onsite only)

The classroom is a computer lab and we will have access to computers. Turn laptops, cellphones, pagers, and instant messenger programmes to vibrate or no sound as applicable. Ensure that you are not disturbing the rest of the class if using your laptop, pda, cellphone, pager, etc. in class.


Influenza

Students who are ill should not come to class, but should instead inform the instructor by email that they will not be able to attend class due to illness (or illness in the family).


Disruptions due to weather or flu

In the event of disruption of normal classroom activities due to weather or a flu outbreak, the format for this course may be modified to enable completion of the course. Course material will be available on D2L and students will be responsible for completing material online.


Grading Scale

96-100

A

Superior work


74-76

C

Work is below standard

91-95

A-



70-73

C-


87-90

B+



67-69

D+


84-86

B

Satisfactory, but

undistinguished work


64-66

D

Unsatisfactory work

80-83

B-



60-63

D-


77-79

C+



Below 60

F



GRADE REQUIREMENT FOR A CORE COURSE:

If you are pursuing an MLIS degree, you need to earn at least a B (does not include B-) in this course. See the policy at: http://www4.uwm.edu/sois/programs/graduate/mlis/degreereq.cfm For students in the Information Organization (IO) Concentration (including DOIT students), a B is required to have this course count towards your IO requirements.


UWM AND SOIS ACADEMIC POLICIES

The following links contain university policies affecting all SOIS students. Many policies may be accessed through a PDF-document maintained by the Secretary of the University: http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/SecU/SyllabusLinks.pdf. Undergraduates may also find the Panther Planner and Undergraduate Student Handbook useful (http://www4.uwm.edu/osl/students/). For graduate students, there are additional guidelines from the Graduate School (http://www.uwm.edu/Dept/Grad_Sch/StudentInfo/), including those found in the Graduate Student and Faculty Handbook: http://www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/policies/expanded/.


If you require accommodations due to illness, disabilities, scheduling conflicts with religious observances or other life events (e.g. military service) contact the instructor as soon as possible.



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