Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums Webinar for OCLC Research Library Partners, 9 March 2012 at 9 a.m. PST/12 Noon EST (UTC 17:00)

The recording of this webinar will be made freely available online and in iTunes.

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time on. Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving as a way to both augment and recontexutalize the content and metadata created by LAMs.

Cultural heritage organizations have been eager to expand their reach into user communities and to take advantage of users' expertise to enrich their descriptive metadata. In 2009-2010, a 21-member Social Metadata Working Group from five countries reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. The working group analyzed the results of a survey sent to site managers and discussed the factors that contribute to successful—and not so successful—use of social metadata. We conducted interviews and compiled an extensive resource list. All informed our recommendations and are documented in three reports under the common title, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums.

Join this 90-minute interactive WebEx session in which five members of the Social Metadata Working Group will present highlights of our research and personal observations:

  • Observations on our research into social metadata—Marja Musson, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam
  • Tagging, crowd-sourcing, and other uses of social metadata—Ken Varnum, University of Michigan
  • LAMs' use of third-party sites—Cyndi Shein, Getty Research Institute
  • Key points from our survey—Cheryl Gowing, University of Miami
  • Measuring successful use of social metadata—Elizabeth Yakel, University of Michigan School of Information

Program Officer Karen Smith-Yoshimura will introduce and facilitate the session.

OCLC Research Library Partners are invited to register here* to attend this WebEx session on 9 March 2012 at 9:00 PST/12:00 EST (UTC 17:00).

Although this free webinar is open to OCLC Research Library Partners only, the recording will be made publicly available on our website and in iTunes.

*After you register to attend online, you will receive an e-mail message that contains instructions for logging on to WebEx, where you will view the presentation slides online through your Web browser (please note that WebEx recommends using Internet Explorer or Firefox, as Chrome and Safari are not supported). When you log in to the webinar, you may chose to either listen to the presentation audio through your computer speakers or headset, or dial in and listen by telephone.

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More Information

Register to attend the Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums Webinar for
OCLC Research Library Partners on 9 March 2012 at 9 a.m. PST/12 Noon EST (UTC 17:00)
For OCLC Research Library Partners Only

Learn more about Sharing and Aggregating Social Metadata

Read the report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 1: Site Reviews

Read the report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis

Learn more about the OCLC Research Library Partnership

Learn more about OCLC Research webinars

Watch OCLC Research webinar recordings in iTunes

For more information:

Karen Smith-Yoshimura
Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research

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