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  • Title Introduction to Metadata: Third Edition
  • Author(s) Murtha Baca, Tony Gill, Anne J. Gilliland, Maureen Whalen, Mary S. Woodley
  • Publisher: Getty Research Institute; 3rd edition (July 20, 2016)
  • Paperback 96 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606064797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606064795
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Metadata provides a means of indexing, accessing, preserving, and discovering digital resources. The volume of digital information available over electronic networks has created a pressing need for standards that ensure correct and proper use and interpretation of the data by its owners and users. Well-crafted metadata is needed more now than ever before and helps users to locate, retrieve, and manage information in this vast and complex universe.

An excellent starting point for information professionals to gain a basic understanding of fundamental concepts, then move ahead with a guided path for further research and study.

Metadata, literally "data about data," provides a means of indexing, accessing, preserving, and discovering digital resources. The volume of digital information available over electronic networks has created a pressing need for standards that assist in locating, retrieving, and managing this vast and complex universe of information.

This book provides an overview of metadata -- its types, roles, and characteristics; a discussion of metadata as it relates to resources on the Web; a description of methods, tools, standards, and protocols that can be used to publish and disseminate digital collections; and a handy glossary. Newly added to this edition are an essay on the importance of standards-based rights metadata to the activities of cultural institutions; and a section entitled "Practical Principles for Metadata Creation and Maintenance."

The Introduction to series deals with complex issues and tools related to the production, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage information resources.

This new edition is an indispensable resource in the field, addressing advances in standards such as Linked Open Data, changes in intellectual property law, and new computing technologies, and offering an expanded glossary of essential terms.

About the Authors
  • Murtha Baca is head of digital art history at the Getty Research Institute. She is the editor of Introduction to Art Image Access: Issues, Tools, Standards, and Strategies (Getty Publications, 2002) and the series editor of the Introduction To series from the Getty Research Institute.
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