Metadata Matters

Day and Time: August 29th 6:30-8:30pm

Description: Metadata is the data about your data: the information we use to catalog our media items, such as date, creator, and file format. Metadata matters because it allows you to better organize your records and makes it easier to identify and access them. This workshop will provide participants with the fundamentals of metadata, metadata creation, and metadata management. We will look at the different types of metadata, metadata standards for audiovisual materials, best practices for metadata creation and management, tools and resources, and how to approach metadata practices through an equitable lens.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the definition(s), purpose(s), and value of metadata and metadata schema
  • Describe various use cases for metadata
  • Identify metadata in a real-world context
  • Explain what a metadata standard is, and how to find one
  • Understand tools that can be used for metadata creation and management
  • Describe steps for creating a metadata schema for audiovisual content and other items
  • Create a prototype metadata record for an object of interest

Instructors: Hannah Caulkins (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), and Khalila Chaar-Pérez, (People’s Media Record)

Hannah is a data integration analyst, working within the Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine (“D3b”) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She has more than 10 years of experience building, documenting, and utilizing metadata standards for new and complex data types. Although her primary focus is in biomedical research, she has also provided support for community based efforts including video archiving, book banking, mutual aid organization, and more.  Hannah has a passion for increasing data and metadata literacy as a mechanism for enabling communities and individuals to have stewardship over their own assets and as a way to remove traditional institutional dependencies. Hannah has a Masters of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas.  In her personal time, she enjoys reading and reviewing books, identifying fungi, and hiking with her wife and dog.

Khalila started working with the People’s Media Record LEADING fellow in the summer of 2021, when she focused on the refinement of descriptive metadata for the archive’s materials. As a Digital Archivist, she is in charge of managing and taking care of PMR’s repository and assisting with PMR’s educational and outreach efforts. As a native of Puerto Rico who has taught and researched Caribbean cultures for many years, Khalila is interested in liberatory approaches to archival work and in how oppressed communities can harness the power of data to their own ends. They hold a PhD in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from New York University and a Masters in Library Science and Information from the University of Pittsburgh. They love hiking, cemeteries, and the beach.

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