Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis.

Smith-Yoshimura, Karen and Godby, Carol Jean and Koffler, Helice and Varnum, Ken and Yakel, Elizabeth and Holley, Rose Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis., 2011 [Report]

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Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time on. Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving as a way to both augment and recontextualize the content and metadata created by LAMs. Many cultural heritage institutions are interested in gaining a better understanding of social metadata and also learning how to best utilize their users' expertise to enrich their descriptive metadata and improve their users' experiences. In the first report, Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Musems, Part 1: Site Reviews, the 21-member RLG Partners Social Metadata Working Group reviewed 76 sites relevant to libraries, archives, and museums that supported such social media features as tagging, comments, reviews, images, videos, ratings, recommendations, lists, links to related articles, etc. In this second report, we analyzed the results from a survey of site managers conducted in October-November 2009. Forty percent of the responses came from outside the United States. The survey focused on the motivations for creating a site, moderation policies, staffing and site management, technologies used, and criteria for assessing success. In our upcoming third report, we provide recommendations on social metadata features most relevant to libraries, archives, and museums as well as the factors contributing to success.

Item type: Report
Keywords: social metadata, social engagement, social media, tagging
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Rose Holley
Date deposited: 10 Jan 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:20
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/16448

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