2 thoughts on “Metadata creation again”

  1. It is no surprise that institutions such as the Getty, Minnesota Historical Society and Center for Jewish History should engage in customization and local thesauri creation. This simply reflects an orientation to users and recognizes that the purposes and context of use are the primary determinants of the metadata required. I am happy they are not relying on me to meet their specific needs.

  2. I’m still surprised to see people coding XML metadata by hand, especially for Encoded Archival Description. Somewhere along the way, archivists missed the point that XML should be a view of a database. You put a web form on it to enter information, and spit out the data in XML, HTML, or whatever other format you like. Making people code and validate XML by hand is just cruel.

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