The second edition of David Haynes’ key book for LIS practitioners, “Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: understanding metadata and its use” has been published by Facet Publishing this month. Here, David gives a brief overview of what we can expect from this new, highly anticipated update.
In the new edition of ‘Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval’, published in January 2018 I consider the origins of metadata and look at the ways in which it is used for managing information resources as well as for information retrieval. The book covers current metadata standards and compares the ways in which they are used for managing different types of resource ranging from linked data, to images, to the more familiar text-based materials.
Focus on ethics: The Snowden revelations brought into sharp focus the ethical issues surrounding metadata creation and use. It raises issues about privacy, security, ownership and control of metadata and provides a challenge to information professionals on how to manage these issues.
We also need to consider wider issues such as the digital divide and the potential that metadata has for making information accessible to wider audiences. It has the potential to empower the marginalised, hold government to account and improve quality of life. Maybe it is also a response to the burgeoning of fake news and fact-free content.
Haynes, D (2018) Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: understanding metadata and its use. ISBN 9781856048248. Facet Publishing. London, 2018, 288pp. http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=048248
David will be talking about the new edition, focusing on “The Ethics of Metadata” on February 19th, in A109 at City, University of London, from 5.00pm – 18.30pm, as part of the CityLIS AfterHours Seminar Series. Free to attend. All Welcome!
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If you would like to study for your masters in Library Science or Information Science please come along to our next open evening on 21st February.
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