13 February 2015.
This is review of articles in the Ariadne archives on metadata. Michael Day, Metadata Officer at UKOLN, contributed a short paper to Ariadne on the implications of metadata for digital preservation. He set out five important questions which still represent challenges for the profession:
- Who will define what preservation metadata are needed?
- Who will decide what needs to be preserved?
- Who will archive the preserved information?
- Who will create the metadata?
- Who will pay for it?
Both sets of people are intent on describing resources in order to manipulate them in some way. Standard makers are concerned to agree a common approach to ensure inter-working systems and economies of scale. However implementors, although they may want to use standards in part, in addition will want to describe specific aspects of a resource in a “special” way. Although the separation between those involved in standards making and implementation may be considered a false dichotomy, as many individuals involved in the metadata world take part in both activities, it is useful to distinguish the different priorities inherent in the two activities.