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The Organization of Information (2009)

by Arlene G. Taylor

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Series: Library and Information Science Text Series

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The extensively revised and completely updated second edition of this popular textbook provides LIS practitioners and students with a vital guide to the organization of information. After a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor proceeds to a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities. After tracing the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 B.C.E. to the present, the author addresses topics that include encoding standards (MARC, SGML, and various DTDs), metadata (description, access, and access control), verbal subject analysis including controlled vocabularies and ontologies, classification theory and methodology, arrangement and display, and system design.… (more)
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PDFT5 | Chapter 4 | The goal of the fourth edition remains to enable students, practicing librarians, and others interested in organizing information to understand the theory, principles, standards, and tools behind information organization in all types of environments |

Contents Chapter 4
1. Metadata pg. 1
2. The Basics of Metadata pg. 3
-- Table 1 Types of Metadata pg. 4
3. Metadata Schemes pg. 6
4. Metadata Characteristics pg. 7
5. Catagories of Metadata pg. 8
-- Administrative Metadata
-- Technical Metadata
-- Preservation Metadata
-- Rights and Access Metadata
-- Meta-Metadata
-- Structural Metadata
6. Implementations of Structural Metadata pg. 13
7. Descriptive Metadata pg.14
8. Metadata Models pg. 15
9. Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) pg. 15
10. User Tasks pg. 16 (related to FRBR & Cutter's Objects...)
11. FRBR Entities and Attributes pg. 18
-- Table 2 Attributes of Entities
12 FRBR Relationships pg. 19
13. Resource Description Framework (RDF) pg. 21
-- Figure 4.1 Basic Conceptual RDF Model
-- Figure 4.2 A Simple RDF Statement Using Dublin Core
-- Figure 4.3 Graphical Representation of the RDF Description
14. DCMI Abstract Model (DCAM) pg. 25
15. Metadata Management Tools pg. 26
-- Application Profiles
-- Metadata Registries
-- Crosswalks
-- Harvesting Tools and Templates
16. Metadata and Cataloging pg. 29
17. Conclusion pg. 32
18. Notes pg. 33

1. FOLDOC: Free On-line Dictionary of Computing. Available: http://foldoc.
org/. The definition given is for the hyphenated “meta-data,” which,
FOLDOC says, is not to be confused with “Metadata,” a term coined by Jack E.
Myers used the term in a brochure for a product and registered it as a
U.S. trademark. This distinction is not typical in the LIS field.

2. These categories of metadata are described in detail later in this chapter
and in Chapter 7.

3. Sherry L. Vellucci, “Metadata and Authority Control,” Library Resources &
Technical Services 44, no. 1 (2000): 33–43.

4. Stuart Weibel, “Metadata: Semantics; Structure; Syntax.” Weibel Lines:
Ruminations on Libraries and Internet Standards. Available: http://weibel-lines.typepad.com/weibelines/2008/02/metadata-semant.html.

5. PREMIS: Preservation Metadata Maintenance Activity (Library of Congress).
Available: http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/

9. Metadata for Images in XML Standard (MIX). Available: http://www.loc.gov/standards/mix/
more....

19. Suggested Readings

Baca, Murtha, ed. Introduction to Metadata. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, Calif.: Getty
Research Institute, 2008.
Caplan, Priscilla. Metadata Fundamentals for All Librarians. Chicago: American
Library Association, 2003. Chapter 16: “Administrative Metadata,”
Chapter 17: “Structural Metadata,” and Chapter 18: “Rights Metadata.”
Hillman, Diane, and Elaine L. Westbrooks, eds. Metadata in Practice. Chicago:
American Library Association, 2004.
Hodge, Gail. Understanding Metadata. Bethesda, Md.: National Information
Standards Organization, 2004. Available: http://www.niso.org/publica
tions/press/UnderstandingMetadata.pdf.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Digital Libraries:
Metadata Resources. Latest revision October 24, 2005. Available:
http://www.ifl a.org/II/metadata.htm.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, IFLA Study
Group, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) (Munich:
Saur, 1998). Available: http://www.ifl a.org/VII/s13/frbr/frbr_current_
toc.htm or http://www.ifl a.org/VII/s13/frbr/frbr_2008.pdf.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Working
Group on FRANAR. Functional Requirements for Authority Data: A Conceptual
Model. Available: http://www.ifl a.org/VII/d4/wg-franar.htm or
http://www.ifl a.org/VII/d4/FRANAR-ConceptualModel-2ndReview.
pdf.
Intner, Sheila S., Susan S. Lazinger, and Jean Weihs. Metadata and Its Impact
on Libraries. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. Chapter 1:
“What Is Metadata?” and Chapter 2: “Metadata Schemas and Their Relationships
to Particular Communities.”
Jones, Wayne, Judith R. Ahronheim, and Josephine Crawford, eds. Cataloging
the Web: Metadata, AACR, and MARC 21. (ALCTS Papers on Library
Technical Services and Collections, no. 10.) Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow
Press, 2002.
Lazinger, Susan S. Digital Preservation and Metadata: History, Theory, Practice.
Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2001. Chapter 1: “Why Is Digital
Preservation an Issue?” and Chapter 2: “What Electronic Data Should
Be Preserved?”
Maxwell, Robert L. FRBR: A Guide for the Perplexed. Chicago: American Library
Association, 2008.
“Metadata Standards, Crosswalks, and Standard Organizations.” In Cataloger’s
Toolbox (Memorial University of Newfoundland Libraries). Last
updated January 17, 2007. Available: http://staff.library.mun.ca/staff/
toolbox/standards.htm.
Smiraglia, Richard P., ed. Metadata: A Cataloger’s Primer. New York: Haworth
Information Press, 2005.
Taylor, Arlene G., ed. Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our
Retrieval Tools. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.
Vellucci, Sherry L. “Metadata and Authority Control.” Library Resources &
Technical Services 44, no. 1 (January 2000): 33–43.
“What Are Metadata?” Last updated November 7, 2006. Available: http://
www.fgdc.gov/metadata.
Zeng, Marcia Lei, and Jian Qin. Metadata. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2008.

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SN - Chapter 4 Metadata Only: The document is about metadata and its various types, forms, characteristics, and uses in the context of information resources. (This entry does not reference a hierarchical list) ( )
  5653735991n | Apr 8, 2024 |
OMG this is the BEST BOOK I've ever read!!! ( )
  ecdawson | Jan 22, 2024 |
great information for graduate students
  muhammadali_lis | Sep 9, 2022 |
For student
  qandeelasghar | Sep 7, 2022 |
Comprehensive textbook, with just the right mix for information classification, including history (the hand written card catalogs) and modern database coding.
  Bermudacat | Jun 19, 2018 |
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The extensively revised and completely updated second edition of this popular textbook provides LIS practitioners and students with a vital guide to the organization of information. After a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor proceeds to a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities. After tracing the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 B.C.E. to the present, the author addresses topics that include encoding standards (MARC, SGML, and various DTDs), metadata (description, access, and access control), verbal subject analysis including controlled vocabularies and ontologies, classification theory and methodology, arrangement and display, and system design.

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This book was required reading for MLIS 4010, Organization of Information, which I took in the fall of 2012.  I found it difficult to read, but a good reference to utilize.
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