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TCDL Bulletin
Volume 3   Issue 2
Summer 2007


Metadata Data Dictionary for Analog Sound Recordings

Catherine Lai
Schulich School of Music, McGill University
Montreal, QC Canada H3A 1E3
+1 514 398-4535 X0300
Ichiro Fujinaga
Schulich School of Music, McGill University
Montreal, QC Canada H3A 1E3
+1 514 398-4535

This poster introduces a new metadata data dictionary design to assist in the consistent creation of digital libraries of analog sound recording and to promote their interoperability. More specifically, the data dictionary documents a standardized set of metadata elements for digital representations of analog sound recordings such as 78 rpm and long-playing phonograph (LP) records. It is supportive of the long-term goals of management and continuing access to the digital collection, and the standardization facilitates interoperability between systems, services, and software. The data dictionary also provides guidance for data entry decision-making: it gives formal definition, usage notes, and data type to each metadata. This technical specification disambiguates metadata terms (e.g. issue number vs. matrix number), thereby clarifying the conceptual intent and reinforcing vocabulary control for data values. Vocabulary control of terms is especially important because annotating the visual components of the LPs (e.g. photos and artwork on album covers) by meaningful keywords or classifications eases and enhances the retrieval of sound recordings.

Creating and managing a data dictionary for metadata of digitized representations of analog sound recordings will become increasingly important in the design and construction of worldwide distributed digital music libraries and archives, which may adopt different digitization and cataloging standards. A comprehensive data dictionary such as the one presented here should promote interoperability between different systems and facilitate the development of applications to validate, manage, migrate, and ex-change metadata relating to analog sound recording.

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© Copyright 2007 Catherine Lai and Ichiro Fujinaga
Some or all of these materials were previously published in the Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital libraries, ACM 1-59593-354-9.

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