The ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee is developing a rubric to help information professionals evaluate metadata schemas in order to select one that would best fit the needs of a given project. A preliminary draft of the Metadata Schema Assessment Framework is ready for public review and feedback.
The Committee identified several criteria that can be used to evaluate metadata schemas, including: ease of access, applicability, completeness, consistent representation, interoperability, understandability, rate of adoption, maintenance, and transparency, bias & engagement.
The rubric also contains levels for assessing the extent that a given schema meets each criterion from lowest (e.g., minimally acceptable) to highest (value added or most complex).
If you work with metadata, the committee welcomes your feedback, including how useful this rubric would be in selecting a schema in your daily work, and suggestions for improvement.
Feedback can be given by commenting on sections within the draft itself, available on Google Drive at this address: bit.ly/CoreMSAF and/or submitting comments and questions through a Google form: https://forms.gle/H7yXPUSjmLhpRvmT9.
Feedback on the draft can be given through July 18th. After feedback is collected the ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee will incorporate suggestions and recommendations into a final draft for publication.
ALA Core Metadata Standards Committee
Ayla Stein Kenfield, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Catherine Smith, University of Alabama
Darnelle Melvin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Erica Findley, Multnomah County Library
Jeannette Ho, Texas A&M University
Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
Marina Morgan, Florida Southern College
Meredith L. Hale, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tina Herman Buck, University of Central Florida