Our Metadata Standards Committee is developing a rubric to help information professionals evaluate metadata schemas in order to select one that would best fit the needs of a given project. A preliminary draft of the Metadata Schema Assessment Framework is ready for public review and feedback.
The Committee identified several criteria that can be used to evaluate metadata schemas, including: ease of access, applicability, completeness, consistent representation, interoperability, understandability, rate of adoption, maintenance, and transparency, bias, & engagement.
The rubric also contains levels for assessing the extent that a given schema meets each criterion from lowest (e.g., minimally acceptable) to highest (value added or most complex).
If you work with metadata, the Committee welcomes your feedback, including how useful this rubric would be in selecting a schema in your daily work, and suggestions for improvement.
Feedback can be given by commenting on sections within the draft itself and/or submitting comments and questions through this form.
Feedback on the draft can be submitted through July 18th. After feedback is collected, the Committee will incorporate suggestions and recommendations into a final draft for publication.
The Core Metadata Standards Committee
- Ayla Stein Kenfield, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
- Catherine Smith, University of Alabama
- Darnelle Melvin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Erica Findley, Multnomah County Library
- Jeannette Ho, Texas A&M University
- Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
- Marina Morgan, Florida Southern College
- Meredith L. Hale, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Tina Herman Buck, University of Central Florida