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DLF Assessment Interest Group: Metadata Working Group

(Metadata Assessment Working Group)

This group is open to anyone who is interested in taking part. There are no minimum or membership requirements, though we hope you’ll take as active a part as you’re able and willing.

The Metadata Assessment Working Group aims to build guidelines, best practices, tools and workflows around the evaluation and assessment of metadata used by and for digital libraries and repositories. The group hopes to offer deliverables and recommendations that digital library and repository users can implement for metadata assessment and metadata quality control.

This group should not focus on prescriptive recommendations for metadata (using one schema versus another, or comparisons of controlled vocabularies, etc.), but rather how (both functionally and to what metrics) to measure, evaluate and assess the metadata as it exists in a variety of digital library systems. Future work could lend itself to then using that assessment work to decide a pathway for metadata enhancement.

Get Involved

The Metadata Working Group will primarily communicate through the DLF AIG Metadata Working Group Google Group.

You can also join the Assessment Interest Group Slack workspace. There is a channel for the Metadata Interest Group where you can post any questions you may have.

The majority of the work for 2016 was done in a Google Drive folder, which as been moved to a shared drive (accessible to members of the Google Group). Additionally, we have a significant portion of our work in our GitHub Organization.

This wiki page will be used to shared static information - meeting times, decided deliverables and goals for the year, etc.

Metadata Working Group Meetings

We have working meetings every 2-4 weeks from January or February through DLF Forum in November. The meetings will take place on Thursdays at 1:15 PM Eastern/10:15 AM Pacific. Agendas contain connection information and the plan for the meeting; they are available in the Google Group Drive and are sent to the Google Group beforehand.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held at 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Eastern / 12:15 pm - 1 pm Central / 11:15 am - 12 pm Mountain / 10:15 am - 11 am Pacific

Tentative list of meeting dates for 2023:

  • March 9, 2023
  • March 23, 2023
  • April 20, 2023
  • May 18, 2023
  • June 1, 2023
  • June 15, 2023
  • June 29, 2023
  • July 13, 2023
  • July 27, 2023
  • August 10, 2023
  • August 24, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • September 28, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • October 26, 2023
  • November 9, 2023
  • DLF Forum November 12-16
  • November 30, 2023
  • December 14, 2023


2023 Work & Goals

Meeting participants will discuss potential work and priorities during the kick-off meeting(s) starting March 9, 2023, based on the 2023 planning document.

2022 Work & Goals

See the 2022 work plan document for more information. (Note that supplemental documents linked from the work plan limit access to members of the group.)
Here are some of the things that were done during 2022:

  • Updates to the group website format and information, including:

2021 Work & Goals

We had our kick-off meeting on January 21, 2021. The group set some initial goals for immediate work, documented in our 2021 work plan:

  • Publish posts on the DLF News/Blog roughly once per month announcing the group's work or discussing related topics
  • Posts during 2021:
  • During the spring, finish website changes already identified or started in 2020
  • Reorganize links and info about projects/resources
  • Establish review & update cycles
  • Clarify information about specific tasks under "participation"
  • Review and complete the spreadsheet categorizing tools
  • Determine format and where it should live

2020 Work & Goals

We set directions, deliverables, and goals for 2020 at the kick-off meeting in January 2020.

  • High-priority work:
  • Update for Environmental Scan from 2016
  • Benchmarks white paper based on 2019 survey (published in May 2020)
  • Medium-priority work:
  • Determine how to update/manage Metadata Application Profile Clearinghouse
  • Lower-priority work:
  • Tools repository updates/changes
  • General website maintenance

2019 Work & Goals

We set directions, deliverables, and goals for 2019 at the 2019 kick-off meeting in January 2019.
The goals for 2019, set in our kick-off meeting, include:

  • Website restructuring and documentation
  • Continue work towards creating a metadata analysis tools repository
  • Maintenance and promotion of past projects
  • Collaborate with other AIG Groups
  • Continue work on survey benchmarking metadata quality

2018 Work & Goals

We set directions, deliverables, and goals for 2018 at the 2018 kick-off meeting in January 2018. More about the group's goals and discussion for 2018

The goals for 2018, set in our kick-off meeting, include:

  • Restructure and document the MWG website
  • Review and revise the Metadata Analysis Workshop
  • Work towards creating a metadata analysis tools repository
  • Begin discussion on creating general benchmarks for metadata quality. This area of work may include gathering tools and methods for measurement of metadata quality, defining benchmarks, and establishing a platform for topic discussion

2017 Work & Goals

We set directions, deliverables, and goals for 2017 at the 2017 kick-off meeting in January 2017. YMore about the group's goals and discussion for 2017

The goals for 2017, set in our kick-off meeting, included:

  • Update structure of the Github site created for last year’s Environmental Scan to support expansion and ongoing work including creating mechanism for people to submit updates & feedback.
  • Review and expand list of metadata assessment tools gathered as part of the Environmental Scan. Begin testing tools gathered as part of the Environmental Scan in order to eventually create a repository for metadata assessment tools
  • Create a Metadata Application Profile Clearinghouse that can be used as a community repository for application profiles, mappings and guidelines for metadata.
  • Create a general framework document on how to assess metadata that can be used for the galleries, libraries, archives & museums (GLAM) community.
  • Collaborate with other institutions on metadata assessment and analysis workshop work.

2016 Work & Goals

The 2016 goals, aims, and deliverables of the Metadata Assessment Working Group were decided in the 2016 kickoff meeting by participants. Goals included:

  • setting up and testing the Metadata Assessment Working Group infrastructure & logistics;
  • pulling together resources and ideas for definitions & metrics for metadata assessment, as well as beginning to uncover how one would perform this assessment;
  • generating use cases for metadata assessment functionalities;
  • uncovering tools that exist for metadata assessment, including how to use and understand the results

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