Introduction to Image Metadata – JISC training course

On 20th April, one of CHICC’s cataloguer / administrators, Anna, attended a one-day course run by JISC Digital Media (who are based at the University of Bristol). JISC Digital Media is a JISC-funded service that offers free advice on all aspects of ‘digital media’to the UK’s educational and cultural heritage sectors. Led by John Hargreaves, a technical support officer (and part-time law librarian at the University of Bristol), the course aimed to introduce the issues involved in creating metadata for image collections through explanation, discussion and practical activities. It was a long but interesting day. The programme was as follows:

  • Importance of metadata for image collections
  • Choosing appropriate standards for your collection
  • Metadata for different communities (e.g museums, libraries, archives)
  •  Metadata for different purposes (e.g retrieval, administration, preservation)
  • Different types of metadata (e.g. categories, controlled vocabularies, subject classifications)
  • Introduction to storing  image metadata (e.g. databases, image tagging, XML)
  • Introduction to some alternative approaches (e.g. content0-based retrieval, user-created metadata)
  • Critical review of real-world examples

One thought on “Introduction to Image Metadata – JISC training course

  1. I have wondered about just how to store the masses of data that would come from such an undertaking. Of course one would require massive amounts of storage space on redundat servers. How to set up the archive for easy retrieval…alphabetical by subject?

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