NARA Provides Look at Metadata Guidance, Open Data, and Common-Core Metadata Schema For Data.gov?
Have you ever wondered about the relationship between NARA’s metadata guidance, open data, and the common-core metadata schema for data.gov? In this post, we provide an overview of these three pieces of guidance and how they work together.
NARA’s mission differs from Project Open Data’s in that NARA assumes physical and intellectual custody of permanently valuable government information–including both structured data sets and unstructured records. NARA must manage all records in its custody in a way that is reliable, searchable, and sustainable for as long as needed. NARA’s minimum metadata guidance provides a set of file level data that makes those records discoverable and understandable along with the other electronic collections held by the National Archives.
NARA’s minimum metadata elements have been adapted from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI). DCMI identifies 15 high-level properties referred to as elements and additional properties referred to as terms, which may be used to refine the meaning of an element.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.