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Tuesday, October 28 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Best Practices in Geospatial Metadata

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Is it Mount McKinley or is it Denali?

Or is it 63.0695, -151.0074?

Maybe it is http://viaf.org/viaf/241195889?

In 1866, was it in Russia or in the United States?

Just how do you record geospatial data in your digital library?

The Utah Academic Library Consortium Digitization Committee and the Mountain West Digital Library have developed the Geospatial Discovery Task Force to examine that very question. The 39 member team comprised of contributors from around the country have spent the last year investigating a variety of geospatial controlled vocabularies, comparing their current practices, and evaluating geospatial tools and interfaces.

Considerations that informed the collaborative work of the task force included:

  • The needs of multiple digital library platforms
  • Variety of digital content and descriptive metadata
  • Possibilities for geospatial metadata enhancement in a harvested environment, particularly for aggregations such as the Digital Public Library of America
  • Existing and future training needs of digital library staff

This working session will provide an opportunity for feedback on proposed geospatial recommendations and open a discussion on the next steps and best practices for recording geospatial information in the digital library community. Participants will have an opportunity to test out the newly developed geospatial metadata decision tree with scenarios from their own digital collections, and refine this tool for use in their libraries and institutions.

Session Leaders
Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
Anna Neatrour, Mountain West Digital Library
Rachel Wittmann, Clemson University
Sandra McIntyre, Mountain West Digital Library
Kristen Jensen, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
Dustin Olson, Utah State University
Greta Bahnemann, University of Minnesota


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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Coordinator, Minitex
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices, spearheading the MDL Primary Source Set program... Read More →

Kristen Jensen

Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
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Sandra McIntyre

Director of Services and Operations, HathiTrust
I am the director of services and operations for HathiTrust, with offices at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to my work with HathiTrust, I was the director of the Mountain West Digital Library for nine years, and, before that, the program manager of the Health Education... Read More →
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Anna Neatrour

Interim Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah
Interested in digital humanities, collaborative digitization, digital public history, collections as data, digital libraries, metadata, and more!

Dustin Olson

Utah State University
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Rachel Wittmann

Parks Metadata Specialist, Clemson University Libraries
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Liz Woolcott

Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, Utah State University, Merril-Cazier Library
Liz Woolcott, liz.woolcott@usu.edu, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Utah State University, manages the MARC and non-MARC metadata creation of the University Libraries and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange. She publishes and presents on workflow and assessment... Read More →

Tuesday October 28, 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Salons 1,2,3 Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

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