May 22, 2022

New Document: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018

The full title of the document (8 pages; PDF) is: Unlocking The Value: The British Library’s Collection Metadata Strategy 2015-2018.

From the Summary:

“Our vision is that by 2020 the Library’s collection metadata assets will be comprehensive, coherent, authoritative and sustainable, enabling their full value to be unlocked for improved content management, greater collaboration and wider use of the collection.”

Collection metadata is an umbrella term for the metadata used to: manage, access, preserve and describe the collection. This document unites strategic discussion of the Library’s collection metadata activities and identifies the necessary foundational principles, priorities and governance structures by which management of our metadata assets can be improved to deliver wider business benefits and support the delivery of our core purposes and programmes.

Collection metadata is both a key asset representing centuries of person years of investment and a potential enabler for current operations and future developments. However, despite its strategic importance for numerous stakeholders, the potential value held within collection metadata for service improvements and enhanced collection management remains under exploited.

The Collection Metadata Strategy identifies the key priorities required to start unlocking the latent value in our collection metadata. A core objective will be its transformation from a passive by-product to an active enabler offering greater efficiency, interoperability and utility.

The priorities are:

  • Drive efficiencies in the creation, management and exploitation of collection metadata to support delivery of the Library’s strategic priorities and programmes
  • Improve the Library’s return on investment in its collection metadata assets by ensuring their long term value is maintained for future activities
  • Open up more of the Library’s collection metadata to improve access to Library content and promote wider re-useThe strategy also includes the governance and metrics required to manage implementation of the priorities together with high level objectives for the period. Due to the rapidly evolving operational environment, implementation detail will be covered by annual plans for each financial year and informed by contemporary Library priorities.

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