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Table of Contents

1. Definitions and scope

  • Information resources
  • Resource description
  • Metadata
  • Elements, values, format and transmission
  • Managing metadata
  • The contemporary information environment
  • Information organization
  • Overview of this book
  • References
2. Information resource attributes
  • Introduction
  • Describer and user contexts
  • Information resource contexts
  • The functions of metadata
  • From attributes to elements
  • References
3. Tools and systems
  • Introduction
  • Arrangements
  • Indexes and databases
  • Bibliographic databases
  • Library catalogues
  • Periodical databases
  • Federated search systems
  • Archival finding aids
  • Museum registers
  • Digital collections
  • Search engines
  • Online directories
  • Bibliographies
  • Citation databases
  • References
4. Metadata sources
  • Introduction
  • Resource creators
  • Publishers
  • Information professionals
  • Library cataloguing
  • Metadata librarianship
  • Indexing and abstracting
  • Archival description
  • Museum documentation
  • Records management
  • Information architecture
  • End-users
  • Computers
  • References
5. Metadata quality
  • Introduction
  • Functionality
  • Comprehensiveness
  • Accuracy
  • Clarity
  • Consistency
  • Vocabulary and authority control
  • Principles of best practice
  • Quality assurance
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • References
6. Sharing metadata
  • Introduction
  • Library catalogue records
  • Metadata for search engines
  • Interoperability
  • References
7. Metadata standards
  • Introduction
  • Web publishing
  • Libraries
  • Digital libraries
  • Archives
  • Museums
  • Book publishing
  • Book indexing
  • Database indexing
  • E-research
  • Education
  • Audiovisual industries
  • Business
  • Government
  • Registries
  • References
8. Vocabularies
  • Introduction
  • Controlled subject vocabularies
  • Subject headings
  • Subject thesauri
  • Subject classification schemes
  • Taxonomies and ontologies
  • Non-subject vocabularies
  • Vocabulary mapping
  • Identification systems
  • References
9. The future of metadata
  • Introduction
  • Three approaches
  • Content-based information retrieval
  • Social metadata
  • Professional description
  • Conclusion
  • References
Further reading
Metatadata standards

About the Author

Philip Hider MA PhD FCLIP is Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He is Associate Member of the Australian Library and Information Association, and a member of the Australian Committee on Cataloguing.


" excellent introduction both for students and for practitioners new to the field, and the very readable text is well supported by numerous examples, and lists of additional reading. A welcome addition to the literature in this field." -- Vanda Broughton
"Metadata is a topic of great, and continuing importance in all the information sciences and collection disciplines. But it is one in which students and practitioners alike can become lost in details and specifics. Philip Hider's book takes a uniquely wide and integrative approach, combining basic principles and well-chosen examples to give an admirably clear insight into the subject." -- David Bawden
"Hider offers a clear and comprehensive look at metadata and all its many aspects-from its creation, to its many forms and uses, and even its future. This is a very readable text that any student or information professional will find useful and engaging." -- Shawne D. Miksa
"This book promises to be a key resource in the field of information organisation. It takes a broad approach to information resource description without sacrificing the detailed description and explanation that students and practitioners will seek. Dr Hider demonstrates an enviable level of scholarly and professional knowledge and a capacity to structure and communicate it elegantly and with passion." -- Stuart Ferguson
"For those newly minted librarians whose graduate school no longer teaches cataloguing, for established librarians switching gears in mid-career from reference to technical services or for faculty who need to teach description, this book is an invaluable introductory resource." -- Collection Building
"Hider explains clearly the wide range of metadata that exists, and helps the reader further by guiding through the book with cross-references and direction. We know there is "more on this to come in the next chapter" or if we missed a detail, we can go back and locate it in context. This is useful for those learning the subject, as well as the more expert reader. Hider does an impressive job tying together so many different aspects of metadata and providing the "big picture", and the book is highly accessible and engaging." -- Library Management
"...provides a clear multifaceted survey of the metadata landscape, which usefully relates complex standards and practices to difficult and demanding tasks. Readers seeking a better understanding of the broad reach of metadata in the contemporary environment will be well served." -- Technicalities

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