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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 (http://www.ils.unc.edu/~janeg/mgr). 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.