About

Open Education Metadata UK (OEM-UK) is about making collections of mainly bibliographic education metadata openly available in order to explore how we can make this work harder for us and add value to the scholarly community and other wider audiences.

We are building on COMET in that we as well as using their tools to make our library catalogue data as linked data, we will be doing the same with our  CALM Archives catalogue and two eprints repositories. We are hoping that this will provide a model for other specialist subjects domain to be able to do the same thing building on this work. The four core sources of the metadata are:

  1. Symphony 3.1 GL Library Catalogue records (250,000)
  2. DServe CALM Archives Catalogue records (35,000)
  3. IOE EPrints repository (6,000)
  4. Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) (10,000)

Another strand of the project will concentrate on creating new metadata for two related but uncatalogued Special Collections. These are examination papers and material from the Historical Textbooks collection. We will be concentrating on two discrete subjects: Science and Technology; and History. We will then create further linked data from this with some case studies which show how, for example, a certain group of textbooks relate to a particular exam paper. There is interest in this from researchers within the Institute of Education (IOE), but it will also be interesting to what extent researchers outside the field of education may try to use this.

As part of our commitment to find new and innovative ways of surfacing our uncatalogued collections, and bearing in mind that the Library of Congress has stated that Z39.2/MARC is not longer fit for purpose [1], we are also experimenting with a low barrier metadata creation methodology which we hope will allow us to create more records within the same time whilst preserving a sufficient level of quality. We will be using the open source Drupal content management system to do this as we have some in-house expertise in this area and see many interesting possible ways in which this might be achieved. We are looking forward to learning lessons from this which it is hoped will feed into subsequent research.

The project team is as follows

Our linked data extraction consultant is Ed Chamberlain of the COMET project. We also have a steering group which includes Richard Davis (ULCC) and James Thomas (EEP).

1. http://www.loc.gov/marc/transition/news/framework-103111.html

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