For immediate release | December 18, 2012

Creating and managing metadata for information resource description

CHICAGO — A primer on information and knowledge organization, with particular reference to digital environments, “Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata,” published by ALA Editions, introduces the conventions and standards of contemporary document description and the principles and trends of professional practice.

Employing the unifying mechanism of the Semantic Web and the resource description framework, author Philip Hider integrates the various traditions and practices of information and knowledge organization. Uniquely, he covers both the domain-specific traditions and practices and the practices of the “metadata movement” through a single lens—that of resource description in the broadest, Semantic Web sense. This approach more readily accommodates coverage of the new RDA: Resource Description and Access standard, which aims to move library cataloging into the center of the Semantic Web. This book brings both the standard and its model and concepts into focus, covering such key topics as:

  • Information resource attributes;
  • Metadata for information retrieval;
  • Metadata sources and quality;
  • Economics and management of metadata;
  • Knowledge organization systems;
  • The Semantic Web;
  • Books and e-books, websites and audiovisual resources;
  • Business and government documents;
  • Learning resources;
  • The field of information/knowledge organization.

Hider is head of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has worked, taught and researched in the field of information organization in the UK, Singapore and Australia. He holds a PhD from City University, London and was made a Fellow of CILIP in 2004.

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"Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata"

Library Technology Reports, "Understanding the Semantic Web" and "RDA Vocabularies": Two-Issue Set

"Metadata for Digital Collections: A How-To-Do-It Manual"


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