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Register for PA Digital’s Metadata Anonymous Workshop

When:  August 12, 2019  9:30am-4:00pm
Where: Heinz History Center, Reading Room, 1212 Smallman St.. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Register here! (You can choose to attend individual sections of the workshop or the entire day)

Are you curious about what PA Digital’s Metadata Team is really up to when they review collection records? Have any metadata questions so shocking you’re scared to ask your colleagues? Do you tell yourself your institution’s metadata is “not good enough,” without realizing that most institutions encounter the same exact issues as you? Bring your true metadata confessions to PA Digital’s Metadata Anonymous workshop in Pittsburgh this August!

Metadata Anonymous will give current and future contributors to PA Digital a chance to see an actual metadata review live in-person through our aggregator tool and the free metadata cleanup software OpenRefine. We will review metadata from a real institutional collection and assess metadata quality. We will also highlight some of the typical metadata issues we encounter in our reviews.

We’ll then take participants on a guided tour of OpenRefine’s basic and intermediate operations. Free exploration time will then be provided, during which participants can practice their skills through a set of guided OpenRefine challenges, or work in consultation with the moderators on a problem dataset of their choice. After that, we’ll host an interactive workshop on copyright and digital collections. The group will review the reasons that institutions can post material in digital collections and practice assessing copyright and assigning rights statements to sample items.

Note: No OpenRefine experience is necessary, only an interest and willingness to learn. Please bring your own laptop for this component. OpenRefine installation instructions will be sent prior to the event.


Please reach out with any questions or concerns. See you in Pittsburgh!
Stefanie Ramsay
Digital Projects Librarian
Temple University Library


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