INLS 720: Metadata
INLS 720, Metadata Architectures and Applications, explores the role of metadata in our evolving information ecosystem(s); an emphasis is placed on metadata the digital environment. The course examines the development and use of metadata schemas in distinct information communities (e.g., digital libraries, museums, and archives; scientific data centers; governmental organizations; educational and learning environments; commerce enterprises; and personal information systems -- to name only a few). Among selected topics covered are interoperability, metadata models, ontologies, metadata for the semantic web, metadata generation, metadata and search engines, metadata quality, and the evaluation of metadata schemas and tools. The course introduces enabling technologies used to create machine-understandable metadata (e.g., XML and RDF). In class exercises and independent/group assignments provide practical experience.
INLS 720 will overlap with my MOOC on Metadata, which will be offered through Coursera. The MOOC will launch in September 2013 (exact date TBA). INLS 720 will begin at the start of UNC's Fall semester (20 August 2013). Students in INLS 720 will participate in the Metadata MOOC during its 8-week span. Pomerantz will conduct synchronous online class sessions and office hours with INLS 720 students throughout the semester -- while the MOOC is ongoing and after it concludes. INLS 720 students will have additional projects and deliverables, beyond those expected of MOOC students, during and after the conclusion of the MOOC.
By the end of this course, students will:
- Understand the role of metadata for organizing resources, and for facilitating resource discovery, particularly in the digital environment.
- Understand the range of functions metadata supports, including resource preservation, management, authentication, use, and other activities.
- Gain familiarity with a wide range of metadata standards, and understand the different applications and functions for these standards.
- Acquire basic skills for developing and implementing a metadata schema.
- Evaluate metadata and metadata applications.
- Consider a theoretical context for metadata and the future of metadata.
| Jeffrey Pomerantz, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
CB 3360, 100 Manning Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
| v: 919-962-8064
pomerantz at unc dot edu
| Office: 112 Manning Hall
Office hours: Mon & Wed, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Make an appointment on my Google Calendar. Please indicate your name and what you want to meet to discuss.
Google Hangouts will be used for virtual office hours. During the first 2 weeks of the semester we will have 2 Hangouts per week. After that we will decide if they're popular enough to maintain 2 per week, or if we should scale it back to 1 per week.
Minimum technology requirements
In order to participate fully in this course, you will need to have access to:
- A computer, with
- High-speed internet access
- A webcam
- A microphone
Textbook & reading
Students in INLS 720 must complete all graded assignments in the Metadata MOOC, and must receive a Statement of Accomplishment for the MOOC.
Participation in MOOC discussion forums
W3Schools XML Certificate
Create a DTD
Grading rubric & other policies
See my course grading rubric.
See my course policies.
See the web.unc.edu Online Class Statement.
Assignments constitute the following percentage of your final grade:
- Participation = 20%