An updated handbook for understanding metadata

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/01/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — Now in its second edition, “Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: Understanding Metadata and its Use,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, has been fully revised by David Haynes to bring it up to date with new technology and standards. The new edition, containing new chapters on Metadata Standards and Encoding Schemes, assesses the current theory and practice of metadata and examines key developments in terms of both policy and technology. Coverage includes:

  • an introduction to the concept of metadata;
  • a description of the main components of metadata systems and standards;
  • an overview of the scope of metadata and its applications;
  • a description of typical information retrieval issues in corporate and research environments;
  • a demonstration of ways in which metadata is used to improve retrieval;
  • a look at ways in which metadata is used to manage information; and
  • consideration of the role of metadata in information governance.

Haynes conducts research into Privacy and Metadata at the Department of Library and Information Science at City, University of London. He is also an Honorary Tutor at the Centre for Archives and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee where he specializes in Metadata and Taxonomies. He has been involved in library and information consultancy and research for more than 35 years during which time he has worked on information retrieval, information policy and information governance issues, latterly specializing in privacy and data protection. He is Chair of the UK Chapter of ISKO, the International Society for Knowledge Organization.

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