Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 40, no. 3-4, 2005



Introduction / by Richard P. Smiraglia

Part I includes papers that are intended to introduce readers to concepts of metadata in the bibliographic sphere. The volume opens with two papers that present essential metadata concepts and trace their history within the context of the bibliographic resource description community. Jane Greenberg opens the volume with “Understanding Metadata and Metadata Schemes.” She provides a basic framework for the study of metadata schemes, while thoroughly analyzing the definitions and attributes of metadata of all types. Next, Lynne Howarth provides a historical evaluation of the evolution of metadata and bibliographic control. Then follow four papers that present original research, to demonstrate ways in which we have only begun to attempt to exploit the potential of metadata for resource description. D. Grant Campbell uses literary concepts of metaphor and metonymy to demonstrate how metadata function as a sort of language. Lea Ferraioli explores the creation and use of personal metadata in a business environment. Jennifer Cwiok surveys various metadata approaches to the identification of creators of resources. And Richard Smiraglia describes the evolution and use of content metadata for museum artifacts.

Part II of the volume is intentionally instructive, and comprises papers that introduce metadata schemes and demonstrate their use. Anita S. Coleman describes the Dublin Core, Alexandar Thurman demonstrates the use of Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Patrick Yott explains Extensible Markup Language (XML). Linda Cantara describes the Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) designed for exchange and preservation of information packages in the digital library environment. And Michael Chopey contributes a discussion of how to plan and implement a metadata-driven digital repository. In the end the contents go beyond the definition of primer as “introductory textbook.” But the authors have collectively compiled a thought-provoking volume about the uses of metadata.

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