Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Automatic Metadata Generation Applications

The Library of Congress announces publications of the final report for the AMeGA (Automatic Metadata Generation Applications) project.

Greenberg, J., Spurgin, K., and Crystal, A. (2005). Final Report for the AMeGA (Automatic Metadata Generation Applications) Project. Submitted to the Library of Congress February, 17, 2005.

The final report can also be found on the Library of Congress Web site for the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium, which seeks to provide leadership to libraries and other information centers in confronting the challenges of networked resources and the Web.

Dr. Greenberg served as Principal Investigator (PI) for the AMeGA project, a research grant which lasted a full year. AMeGA stands for _A_utomatic _Me_tadata _G_eneration _A_pplications project and the project had for goal to identify and recommend functionalities for applications supporting automatic metadata generation in the library/bibliographic control community. The project was conducted in connection Section 4.2 of the Library of Congress Bibliographic Control Action Plan. The Action Plan's charge for section 4.2 is to "Develop specifications for a tool that will enable libraries to extract [and harvest] metadata from Web-based resources in order to create catalog records and that will detect and report changes in resource content and bibliographic data in order to maintain those records. Communicate the specifications to the vendor community and encourage their adoption."

The AMeGA research project pursed three main goals:
  1. Evaluate the current automatic metadata generation applications (in the following categories: document presentation software, tools created specifically for metadata generation, and online library cataloging modules for creating metadata);
  2. Survey metadata professionals to get a consensus on which aspects of metadata generation are most amenable to automation and semi-automation; and
  3. Compile a final report of recommended functionalities for automatic metadata generation applications. The final report was reviewed and endorsed by the Metadata Generation Task Force (MGTF).
The report acknowledges the contributions of the MGTF members for their participation and their expert advice. In addition, since the final report was based partially on survey data gathered from a variety of participants that were recruited via a number of listservs, Dr. Greenberg also expressed her gratitude for input of the survey participants, both for the quality and depth of their responses.

To find out more about the AMeGA project, please go to AMeGA Project Web site.

Posted to AUTOCAT by John D. Byrum, Jr.


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