Metadata for digital objects


• Recognize the importance of metadata in production, organization, retrieval and preservation of digital objects.
• To characterize the universe of metadata languages, its objectives and types.
• Be able to use standards, design guidelines and apply techniques and other instruments related to the metadata management.
• Understand the importance of metadata for interoperability between information systems

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Teaching language




BACA, Murtha (2008) - Introduction to Metadata, 2ª ed. Los Angeles: Getty Publications
LEI ZENG, Marcia; QIN, Jan (2008) – Metadata. London: Facet Publishing.
MALTA, Mariana Curado; BAPTISTA, Ana Alice (2013) - Me4DCAP V0.1: a Method for the Development of Dublin Core Application Profiles. Disponível em$file/Mining%20the%20Digital%20Information%20Networks.pdf#page=45
Closs, S. et al. (Ed.) (2014) Metadata and semantic research 8th Research Conference, MTSR 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 27-29, 2014. Proceedings. New York: Springer
MILER, Stephen J. (2011) – Metadata for digital collections. London: Facet Publishing.
PARK, Jung-ran, ed. (2012) - Metadata Best Practices and Guidelines. NY: Routledge
PETERS, Isabella (2009) - Folksonomies: indexing and retrieval in Web 2.0. Berlin: De Gruyter
VAN HOOLAND, Seth; VERBORGH, Ruben (2014) – Linked data for libraries, archives and museums. London: Facet Publishing.

Teaching method

The seminar will be developed through classroom lessons and independent student work.
The classes will have a theoretical and practical nature, being constituted by moments of theoretical exposition of topics, practical exercises, oral presentations and discussions with the students participation. The students should read the material that is suggested before each class.
The independent student work should complement and deepen the knowledge transmitted in the classroom, promoting independent learning.

Evaluation method

The evaluation will be based on the following weighting:
-Group work (written presentation) - 45%
-Working Group (oral presentation) - 15%
-Comment text (individual) - 30%
-Participation (individual) -10%

Subject matter

1. Metadata and its relevance in the digital information universe: producers, contexts, uses
2. The universe of metadata languages: origin, types and goals.
3. Descriptive Metadata: Dublin Core, MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema), EAD (Encoded Archival Description), VRA Core, Schemas.
4. Technical and structural metadata. Preservation metadata.
5. Selection and metadata languages management. Applicational profiles
6. Metadata and interoperability between information systems. The OAI-PMH approach.
7. RDF (Resource Description Framework).
8. Folksonomies
9. Metadata and Semantic Web.


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