Final project proposal – Eugene Rutigliano

Name: Eugene Rutigliano

My group has chosen this topic: Digital Collections & Metadata

I am interested in this topic because: The user-facing aspects of Metadata schema betray a great deal about the directives, resources, and politics of the institutions that implement them.  As platforms for digital resources interoperate between libraries, containers for metadata take on hybrid responsibilities as both institution-specific entities and open-access means of exchange.  How institutions manage the task of giving substance to their collections via coherent metadata strategies as well as how these records change as metadata are re-evaluated is a topic that drew me to library school in the first place.

Resources:
Zeng, Marcia Lei, and Lois Mai Chan. “Metadata Interoperability and Standardization – A Study of Methodology Part II: Achieving Interoperability at the Record and Repository Levels.” D-Lib Magazine 12, no. 6 (June 2006). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/june06/zeng/06zeng.html.

Guenther, Rebecca S. “Using the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS) for Resource Description: Guidelines and Applications.” Library Hi Tech 22, no. 1 (2004): 89-98. http://search.proquest.com/docview/200673296?accountid=130717.

Crane, Gregory. “Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries: Needs and Components – Tufts Digital Library.” Tufts Digital Library. 2002. http://hdl.handle.net/10427/57006.

“MODS: Uses and Features (Metadata Object Description Schema: MODS).” http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-overview.html.

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on the following aspect of our group topic: I would like to look at the ways NYPL has implemented the metadata schema MODS for its digital collections.  I am interested in how born-digital content affects the descriptors associated with digitized physical collections and vice versa within a MODS framework.  By the Library of Congress’s own account, MODS extends the functionality of MARC to include electronic media but that conversion to MODS from MARC is a “one-way trip” as the new container transforms some data irreversibly.  I would like to look at the ways the MODS pivot catalyzes interoperability across digital collections of various media.  Are there other consequences of adopting the schema that require additional hybridization and if so, what has NYPL prioritized in its metadata strategies?

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