Library catalogs contain a treasure trove of data that can be used in humanities pursuits, for instance: historic place names and business addresses; the interests and diction of cultures; the appearance and features of design trends; and the materials and techniques of communication. Have you thought of using library metadata as data? Would you like to?
Dave Van Kleeck and myself, Allison Jai O’Dell, propose a session with a dual purpose:
- To introduce library metadata and how it may be re-purposed (with examples!)
- To garner ideas from the audience on how the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries might serve up their metadata to better support the digital humanities