Storing, securing and making born-digital or digitised information available in a sustainable manner is a major challenge. Concepts such as metadata, Meta Information, Open Data, Big Data… are on the rise but their meaning and content - let alone their societal impact - is only seldom questioned. The WG Sustainable Publishing of (Meta)data therefore organised a workshop with the central theme “(meta)data and archival science”.
This workshop took place on 14 and 15 May 2018 at the National Archives of Belgium in Brussels. Issues regarding (meta)data were addressed from different viewpoints implementing an integrated approach by focussing on both technical and practical aspects of (meta)data (Click here to download the program of the workshop):
- Metadata, a path to standardisation. This session was dedicated to specific challenges regarding sustainable archiving and availability of digital information, such as the use and implementation of international standards.
- Metadata and Society. The second session focussed on new opportunities and challenges arising in a digital society, e.g., the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for cultural heritage (EU) and eIDAS.
- Metadata communication and interoperability. The final session addressed communication between archival institutions and researchers, both at the level of technological components and at the level of researchers’ expectations and options that European portal websites such as EHRI, Cendari, Archives Portal Europe and Europeana offer. These infrastructures play a key role in introducing new technologies and best practises.
By organising this workshop, the workgroup wanted to share knowledge, know-how and tools within the DARIAH community and offer answers to questions evoked in the dialogue between the archival sector and its users, in particular arts and humanities researchers. One answer to address these issues is to create a persistent network of people and institutions having participated in the workshop. The results of this workshop will be published in DARIAH-HAL, on this webpage and on ABB. Tijdschrift voor Archief- en Bibliotheekwezen.
The results of the workshop in articles
- Close-reading of Linked Data: a case study in regards to the quality of online authority files
Ettore Rizza, Anne Chardonnens, Seth van Hooland
- Digital Description and Metadata at the National Archives of the United Kingdom
- Archival Metadata Import Strategies in EHRI
- Importance of data standardization and the NEDA-CM implementation in a repository of archival entities: PARES
Ana López Cuadrado
- Building Bridges: Preparing the Automated Transfer of Metadata for an Upcoming Data Archive in Belgium by Mapping the Metadata Standards of Archives and Social Sciences
- The Standarization Survival Kit: For a wider use of Metadata Standards within Arts and Humanities
Charles Riondet, Laurent Romary
- Data Processing and Sustainability with a large-scale aggregator: the UK Archives Hub
- Guidelines for Data Sharing and Data Citation in Social Sciences and Humanities Journals. Perspectives and insights from the COST action ENRESSH
Marc Vanholsbeeck, Tim Engels, Andreja Istenic Starcic
More articles will follow in the coming months.