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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Friday, April 21 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Metadata: Preventing a Digital Junk Drawer

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This session focuses on the challenges of enforcing metadata standards in digital library projects, especially collaborations across a variety of contributors.

Good metadata is essential for the success of any digital project. Bad metadata frustrates backend administrative functions and user experience. Lax enforcement can easily create a “digital junk drawer,” where good content gets lost without quality metadata to organize everything and make it findable. When this happens, a time-consuming but necessary clean-up effort raises new challenges.

The presenters for this session will discuss these issues by drawing from their experiences managing Minnesota Reflections (MR) and the Arizona Memory Project (AMP), two databases of digitized collections contributed by cultural institutions (e.g. museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies) located throughout each respective state.

This session is ideal for anyone who wants to learn:
• Why metadata is so crucial
• How to enforce metadata guidelines
• How to clean up bad metadata

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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota
Talk to me about Rights Work and the Minnesota Digital Library's recent geospatial metadata project.
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Ryan Ehrfurth

Digital Content Coordinator, Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
I manage the Arizona Memory Project and Arizona Maps Online at the State of Arizona Research Library. History and maps are in my wheelhouse.
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Nicole Umayam

Content and Metadata Analyst, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Digital Inclusion Corps, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, | digitalinclusion.org

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Video Theater Lower Level

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