Hollie C. White awarded 2009 A. R. Zipf Fellowship

May, 2009

Hollie C. White, Metadata Research Center Doctoral Fellow, has been awarded a 2009 CLIR A. R. Zipf Fellowship in Information Management. Congratulations, Hollie!

OCLC’s Ed O’Neill visits School of Information and Library Science

March, 2009

Ed O’Neill is a Senior Research Scientist, OCLC. His research focuses on authority control, subject analysis, database quality, preservation, and collection management. He joined the OCLC Research staff as a Senior Research Scientist in 1983, and served as co-acting Director of Research from 1993 until 1994.

Monday, March 23, Ed will visit Dr. Jane Greenberg’s Knowledge Organization seminar. In the afternoon, he will give a lecture entitled, “Building Collections Cooperatively: Analysis of Collection Use in the OhioLINK Library Consortium.”

Monday, March 23, 2009, 3:00-4:00 p.m
UNC’s Undergraduate Library, Room 205

With the increasing demand for resources and budget constraints, it is important for librarians to use data to make informed decisions. The OhioLINK consortium provides library resources statewide for 87 academic institutions in Ohio that serve 600,000 faculty, staff, students, and researchers. OhioLINK institutions are a diverse group of academic libraries; large research universities and small community colleges and include both public and private institutions.

The OhioLINK circulation records are the largest and most diverse set of book usage data ever gathered to study usage patterns in academic libraries and is breaking new ground in collection analysis at the consortial level.

The presentation will report on a large-scale study examining consortial usage and lending patterns. The planning, data collection, analysis, and significant findings will be discussed. The research questions to addressed include: 1) What types of materials are not used or are underused? 2) Are there similar usage and collection patterns between the large research universities and the small community colleges? 3) Are there too few books in some disciplines and too many in others? 4) Are the books appropriately distributed across institutions? 5) What books are the best candidates for remote or compact storage or alternate formats such as e-books?

NC Health Info website featured on RENCI blog

March, 2009

The NC Health Info website is featured on the RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) blog. The entry is entitled, “Metadata Matters.” For more information, please see the Automatic Metadata Maintenance for NC Health Info and Go Local (AMMGO) project page.

CRADLE Seminar: Celebrating Darwin Day — Metadata Research and the Dryad Repository Project

February, 2009

Presented by: Jane Greenberg and Hollie White
208 Manning Hall
12 noon, Friday, Feb 13th

The Dryad repository is for scientific data supporting published research in the field of evolutionary biology and related disciplines. Dryad was launched via a collaboration between the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), an NSF Center supporting research in evolutionary biology, and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dryad seeks to balance a need for low barriers inviting contribution from scientists and higher-level goals supporting data analysis activities. The Dryad development team has pursued an active metadata research agenda. This CRADLE talk will introduce the Dryad repository, provide an overview of current metadata research activities, and highlight several research accomplishments.

New Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Community: Science and Metadata (SAM)

February, 2009

Following a workshop session on Metadata for Scientific Datasets at DC-2008, a new DCMI Community has been set up under the name of the DCMI Science and Metadata Community (SAM). We welcome participation from individuals and organizations interested in all aspects of metadata relating to scientific data. To learn more about this community, or become involved, visit the Community’s website at Dublin Core and the Metadata Research Center’s SAM website.

Dr. Jim Balhoff visits School of Information and Library Science

November, 2008

On Monday, November 3, 2008, Dr. Jim Balhoff, a research programmer at NESCent (the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) visited Jane Greenberg’s Metadata class to discuss ontologies and the NCBO BioPortal.

Two repository development positions available

November, 2008

The Dryad Data Repository has two open programming positions located in central North Carolina: (1) a general repository programmer and (2) a programmer focused on enhancing metadata records with controlled vocabulary terms. Dryad stores data underlying scientific publications from evolutionary biology and related fields. Dryad is being developed by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the Metadata Research Center (MRC) at the University of North Carolina in coordination with several scientific journals and societies.

(1) The Dryad Repository Programmer will support general repository development activities, enhancing systems for preserving, searching, and distributing scientific data. This position is funded for 3 years, with possibility for extension. It will be located at NESCent in Durham, NC, and information about applying can be found on the NESCent site.

(2) The Dryad/HIVE Programmer will apply the SKOS standard to improve the Dryad cataloging system, developing software to select and manage terms from multiple controlled vocabularies and ontologies. The position (number: 0058793) is funded for 21 months, with possibility for extension. It will be located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Apply now through the UNC Chapel Hill Office of Human Resources. The position will close on December 10, 2008.

Please see the NESCent site for full position descriptions.

Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Situation and Prospects in Spain and Latin America

October, 2008

Metadata Research Center Visiting Scholar, Gema Bueno de la Fuente, announces the publication of Open Archives Initiative (OAI): Situation and Prospects in Spain and Latin America.

Bueno de la Fuente, Gema (coord.); Hernández Carrascal, Francisca; Rodríguez Mateos, David; Santiago Hernández, Tania; Gómez Dueñas, Laureano F. (2007) /La Iniciativa de Archivos Abiertos (OAI): situación y perspectivas en España y Latinoamérica/. Bogotá: Rojas Eberhard, xvi, 350 p. ISBN 978-958-9121-89-4.

Metadata for Scientific Datasets Workshop at Dublin Core 2008

September, 2008

Metadata for Scientific Datasets (MeS) workshop will be held during the 2008 International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications in Berlin.