At the end of August, I was lucky enough to be invited to present a poster at the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group biennial conference. This year, the theme was ‘Innovation and Discovery’, and for my own contribution I decided to create a poster* based on my metadata research proposal for my final module last semester. You can view details of the conference here, including copies of all the papers and posters which were presented. It took place over three days at the University of Swansea’s brand new Bay Campus, so with my newly-printed poster safely ensconced in a cardboard tube, I trundled over to Wales on the train to attend the first two days of events.
One thing that has become clear in the past few weeks’ study of metadata is that there is no corner of human knowledge too small to have a metadata schema or taxonomy associated with it. General schemas such as Dublin Core are a great starting point to the messy business of cataloguing and describing information or artefacts, and it was exactly these qualities which made it a very good introduction to the general concept on the course that I’m studying. Yet, sometimes you need to go deeper, which Dublin Core allows only to a limited degree. With the vast and diverse extent of knowledge which various institutions have available, all of which needs to be organised in some form or another, it’s no wonder that more specific schemas would be needed.