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Metadata for information management and retrieval
Haynes, David.
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London : Facet, [2004]

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xiv, 186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Z666.5 .H38 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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What is metadata and what do I need to know about it? These are two key questions for the information professional operating in the digital age as more and more information resources are available in electronic format. This is a thought-provoking introduction to metadata written by one of its leading advocates. It assesses the current theory and practice of metadata and examines key developments - including global initiatives and multilingual issues - in terms of both policy and technology.
Subjects discussed include: What is metadata? definitions and concepts Retrieval environments: web; library catalogues; documents and records management; GIS; e-Learning Using metadata to enhance retrieval: pointing to content; subject retrieval; language control and indexing Information management issues: interoperability; information security; authority control; authentication and legal admissibility of evidence; records management and document lifecycle; preservation issues Application of metadata to information management: document and records management; content management systems for the internet Managing metadata: how to develop a schema Standards development: Dublin Core; UK Government metadata standards (eGIF); IFLA FRBR Model for cataloguing resources Looking forward: the semantic web; the Web Ontology Working Group. Readership : This book will be essential reading for network-oriented librarians and information workers in all sectors and for LIS students. In addition, it will provide useful background reading for computer staff supporting information services. Publishers, policy makers and practitioners in other curatorial traditions such as museums work or archiving will also find much of relevance.

Author Notes

David Haynes is a visiting lecturer on the Library and Information Science programme at City University London.

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This is the second edition of Haynes's text, written (according to the back cover) as an "introduction to metadata for library and information students and professionals." While Haynes (City, Univ. of London) indeed gives attention to traditional matters of cataloging library holdings, the topic of metadata is much broader than traditional library matters, including issues of internet search and retrieval, social media and advertising, digital commerce, rights management, big data, research data exchange, and government surveillance. In essence, this book provides a survey of organizations and the standards they have developed for using information about information resources (i.e., metadata) effectively in various ways. The book chooses breadth of coverage over depth. The chosen organizational structure make sense, but it leads to much repetition of material and cross-references to previous or later coverage of topics. A shortcoming is the inclusion of illegible screenshots and lists of elements taken from the various works cited, but without discussion. Nonetheless, the work effectively explains the term "metadata," is good at showing the broad range of activities where metadata serves a key role, and provides researchers with a useful guide to work done to date. Summing Up: Recommended. With the caveats above. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.--Christopher Vickery, Queens College of CUNY