MRC Named Promising Digital Preservation Initiative

August 15, 2005

The MRC has been named one of the “Ten Promising Digital Preservation Initiatives” by RLG:

This [MRC] is not a digital preservation research project, per se, but metadata is a cost center for all digital projects, including digital preservation. Research such as this can make long-term access more feasible by reducing metadata costs while improving metadata quality. Note the publications list on the website. The model for this research center is one that should be replicated to focus on other core research issues.

Metadata Research Center Receives $25,000 gift

March 17, 2005 [original release]

The School of Information and Library Science has received a $25,000 gift from Sarah and Claude Snow to establish the Metadata Research Center (MRC). The gift will help continue current research activities and fund the official launch of the center, set for spring 2006.

Automatic Metadata Generation Explored With New Grant

December 9, 2003 [original release]

Dr. Jane Greenberg, a SILS assistant professor, has received a $10,000 contract from the Library of Congress to investigate recommended functionalities for automatic metadata generation applications.

The research is part of the Library’s Bibliographic Control Action Plan to lead libraries in the new millennium. The project is a natural extension of Greenberg’s Metadata Generation Research project that is discovering the best ways to catalog the Web’s vast collection of online resources “so people can find the best information in the most expedient manner.”

This fall, Greenberg served as Program Co-chair for the Dublin Core 2003 Conference held in Seattle, and is Co-editor of the Conference proceedings. It was the first time that the full international conference program was held in the United States, bringing together metadata researchers, practitioners, system implementers and administrators. In October, Greenberg gave a presentation on her metadata research to launch the Distinguished Lecturer Series at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and the University Library, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Grant to Aid Metadata Research Project

March 6, 2003 [original release]

Jane Greenberg, an assistant professor at UNC-CH’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has received a $4,000 grant for a research project titled “Scalable, Human-Centered Search: Improving Information Retrieval Using Author-Generated Metadata.” The grant is funded by UNC’s Small Grant Research Program and will be used over the next two years.

The newly funded research is a component of the larger Metadata Generation Research (MGR) project, which is led by Greenberg and conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Sciences ( Abe Crystal, a SILS doctoral student who worked on the grant application, will also be working on this newly funded part of the project.

“The funding will allow us to build and test a search tool showing how metadata can assist in the retrieval of Web pages,” said Greenberg. “This is a very important facet of the project, one that we have been wanting to develop and research.

The research will test how author-generated metadata, or data about data, can be optimized to support resource discovery. Other project goals include developing protocols for collaboration between resource authors and metadata professionals during the metadata generation process and studying the integration of collaborative human metadata generation processes and automatic generation processes.

OCLC Grant Will Allow Greenberg To Continue Metadata Research at NIEHS

January 30, 2002 [original release]

Dr. Jane Greenberg, an assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has received a $10,000 grant for her research on metadata.

The Online Computing Library Center (OCLC), with assistance from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), awarded funding for Greenberg’s proposal “Optimizing Metadata Creation: A Model for Integrating Human and Automatic Processes.”

Commonly defined as “data about data,” metadata facilitates the organization and access of information resources. It is of special significance to scientific organizations which are turning with increased frequency to the World Wide Web for disseminating and accessing information.

Greenberg said the OCLC grant allows her to continue her research examining scientists creating metadata at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park. An earlier phase of her research, “Metadata Generation for Web Resources,” was funded in July 2000 by Microsoft Corporation.

“I’m very excited to receive this grant because it allows me to examine another facet of metadata generation,” Greenberg said. “I am also pleased to be able to continue working with the NIEHS metadata team headed by [NIEHS Library Director] Dav Robertson, NIEHS library staff and several SILS student interns.”

The OCLC grant will allow Greenberg to examine the quality of data created by NIEHS scientists, professional catalogers and automatic processes. The goal of the research, she said, is to develop a model to facilitate the most efficient means of metadata production by integrating human and automatic processes.

Founded in 1967 by university presidents to share library resources and reduce library costs, OCLC introduced an online shared cataloging system for libraries in 1971 that today is used by libraries around the world. The mission of ALISE is to promote excellence in research, teaching and service for library and information science education. The NIEHS is one of 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health.