Dr. Jane Greenberg launched her first class of the semester with an in-person Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)/National Information Standards Organization (NISO) webinar titled "Metadata for Managing Scientific Research Data." Attendees included students in her class, a couple of SILS doctoral students and staff members from the UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries. In addition, there were more than 300 participants logged in via the Web.
"There were good questions from the online attendees," said Greenberg, SILS professor and director of the SILS Metadata Research Center. "The students in my class asked insightful follow-up questions too. Today, they [Greenberg's students] had the added experience of seeing information professionals in the field who are interested in the topics we are covering in class. They were able to hear the types of questions being asked that will help them relate to what we are studying," she added.
The NISO/DCMI webinar provided an overview of current metadata practices for managing scientific data, with examples drawn from operational repositories and community-driven data science initiatives. Challenges and potential solutions for metadata generation, identifiers, name authority control, Linked Data and data citation were also discussed.
Greenberg is well known for researching and writing on topics ranging from automatic metadata creation to metadata best practices, ontology research, Semantic Web, data repositories, thesauri and scientific data curation. She has served as Principal Investigator or partner on a number of grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health, and actively participates in organizations such as the American Library Association, American Society for Information Science and Technology and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Margaret Mann Citation from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.
Joining Greenberg were guest speakers Dr. Todd Carpenter from NISO, the key agency for information standards, and Dr. Thomas Baker, chief information officer of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, who recently co-chaired the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group and the W3C Incubator Group on Library Linked Data.
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