Saturday, March 05, 2016

The M Word: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

The M Word: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. Robert H. McDonald and Juliet L. Hardesty. Educause Review. January 11, 2016.
     Metadata is a part of all aspects of the research process. "The expectations are that metadata will be clean and understandable, secure and accessible when appropriate, and easily shareable." In reality this doesn’t happen naturally or without "concerted effort and cooperation" in all areas of policy, design, and practice. Metadata created by hand can be problematic; the academic research librarians work with metadata to "ensure good storage, maintainability, shareability, and most importantly, accessibility."

Libraries are often the right agency to serve as a neutral mediator for collaborations among researchers. New directions in the research process are "creating new roles and opportunities for libraries to help in preserving, managing, publishing, and accessing data."

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