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Somewhere over the Rainbow: our metadata online, past, present & future

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CIG Scotland warmly invites you to the seventh in our Metadata & Web 2.0 seminar series, being held in Edinburgh on the 5th of April.

This year the theme is metadata from the past, the present, and the future … with a sub plot on personal metadata. We’ll also be exploring metadata gaming, web archiving, and the emotional analysis of music online, among other topics. For more details see the programme below.


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Engaging the crowd: old hands, modern minds. Evolving an on-line manuscript transcription project / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Consortium’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland's 5Rights Youth Commission - a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dan and Bethany what their '5Rights' mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your Digital Footprint : Taking control of the metadata and tracks and traces that define us online / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Find out how personal metadata, social media posts, and online activity make up an individual's "Digital Footprint", why they matter, and hear some advice on how to better manage digital tracks and traces. Nicola will draw on recent University of Edinburgh research on students' digital footprints which is also the subject of the new #DFMOOC free online course.

16:00 Close

Sticking with the game theme, we will be running a small competition on the day, involving cupcakes, book tokens and tweets – come to the event to find out more!

The ticket price includes refreshments and a light buffet lunch.

We look forward to seeing you in April!


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please send any queries to cigscot@gmail.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking and transport information is available at http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20016/travel_and_parking

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes please

When does registration close?

31st March

What is the refund policy?

Cancellations are available until the 31st March with full refund; after this date you will be liable for full payment.

Image: Ball's Pyramid, near Lord Howe Island by Jon Clark is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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