Fellow Metaware contributor Carolyn Hansen opened up some interesting areas of discussion in her piece, “Standardizing Metadata for Digital Humanities.” She examines issues of context and ethics relating to Digital Humanities, where standards for the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) predominate. She notes the need for “more cross-community discussions at ALA and other conferences between librarians specializing in metadata and cataloging standards and experts in digital scholarship,” with some focused attention on non-technical issues in contexts outside of MARC-based cataloging. While my experience has been largely based in MARC and not TEI, there are sets of issues common to both that are only starting to be adequately addressed. MARC has not yet left us and initiatives like TEI, the Bibliographic Framework, and others are still evolving. Negotiating between the communities these standards serve is important.

Source: metaware.buzz


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