Structural Metadata for Digital Asset Management
Scanning produces a massive number of files. In order to organize, manage, and retrieve any one image file, metadata (data about data) is needed. Other speakers will address descriptive and administrative metadata; this session will focus on structural metadata. Structural metadata is the information that describes the internal organization of each digital object in a particular class of materials so that the user can effectively and efficiently navigate through the object. The structure of a digital book, for example, could include a title page, preface, table of contents, chapters, pages, index, colophon, etc. The presentation will include discussion of some of the approaches used in digital imaging projects to structure digital documents. Special attention will be paid to some of the emerging metadata guidelines, including the guidelines issued by the Library of Congress and the MOA2 project for document structuring, and Cornell's own research into preservation metadata requirements.