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Metadata Links

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Indigenous Collections Management Project The objective of this project is to investigate how information technology tools and standards can be refined and extended to enable indigenous communities to preserve and protect their unique indigenous cultures, knowledge and artefacts whilst supporting traditional protocols and facilitating better cross-cultural communication and understanding.
Musea - Cultural Heritage Information Technology The primary objectives of Musea are: "to study and investigate the standardisation issues corresponding to requirements emerging from the activities related to the storage and on-line access of the Cultural Heritage (ref. SOGITS N884)." (last edited in 2001)
Open Archives Initiative The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. The Open Archives Initiative has its roots in an effort to enhance access to e-print archives as a means of increasing the availability of scholarly communication.
OLAC Metadata set This document describes the OLAC metadata set and its implementation in XML. The OLAC metadata set is based on the Dublin Core metadata set and uses all fifteen elements defined in that standard. (The rationale for following DC is discussed in the OLAC white paper.) In order to meet the specific needs of the language archiving community, the OLAC metadata set qualifies the fifteen DC elements.
Australian Digitisation Projects, NLA This service aims to record and make accessible information about digitisation projects undertaken by Australian cultural organisations. It is site for those working in Australian art galleries, libraries, museums, archives and other public and private institutions who are engaged in cultural projects involving digitisation. Use it to keep up to date with developments in digitisation and to locate other institutions within the country - to share expertise and experience.
Australian e-Humanities The Australian e-Humanities Gateway is designed as a reference point for those involved in or seeking information about projects and events concerned with the use of digital resources in humanities disciplines in Australia. It is an initiative of the Australian e-Humanities Network, a group funded by the Australian Research Council, including representatives from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle, in order to develop links between current activities in the e-Humanities field and form bases for future projects.
E-MELD: Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data If linguistic archives are to offer the widest possible access to data and provide it in a maximally useful form, consensus must be reached about certain aspects of archive infrastructure. The primary goal of E-MELD is to promote this consensus. (SIL International) A list of all the world's languages. Assigns a three-letter code which is the current standard form of reference for OLAC and other language metadata.
Kura: Linguistics Database Application Kura is an application intended to facilitate descriptive and analytic linguistic work in the tradition described by Dixon as 'Basic Theory'. It will be a multi-user, multi-language application with facilities for linking data between languages. Since linguistic data can be available in the form of sound files, manuscript scans and textual data, Kura will be a true multi-media application. Kura will be an extensible application, based on open standards, like SQL, XML and Unicode.
MARC Code List for Languages This document contains a list of languages and their associated three-character alphabetic codes. The purpose of this list is to allow the designation of the language or languages in MARC records. The list contains 434 discrete codes, of which 54 are used for groups of languages.
Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Basic international standard for matadata standards.
EAGLES/ISLE Meta Data Initiative (IMDI) The goal of the EAGLES/ISLE Meta Data Initiative is to make a proposal for a standard of metadata descriptions of Multi-Media/Multi-Modal Language Resources. Using such a standard it will become possible to create a browsable and searchable universe of such resources in the Internet. This will enable interested parties to efficiently locate suitable resources and thus increases their reusability.
Metadata - National Archives of Australia The Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS) Metadata Standard. This publication describes the type of metadata agencies should incorporate in their recordkeeping systems to establish physical and intellectual control over their records. Compliance with the standard will help agencies maintain reliable, meaningful and accessible records over time in a systematic and consistent way to meet business, accountability and archival requirements.
Music Australia - Metadata Sheet Metatdata developed for use with sheet music
NINCH Guide to Good Practice By offering universal access to the knowledge this research brings together, the Guide should help to level the playing field, enabling newcomers to the field and projects which are smaller, either in terms of budget or scope, to offer resources that are as valid, practical and forward-thinking as projects that are created within information- and resource-rich institutions. It is this sharing of knowledge that truly facilitates the survival and success of digital resources.
Preservation Metadata (National Library of Australia) What we need to know - metadata for preserving digital collections
The MetaWeb Project (DSTC) The aim of the Metadata Tools and Services project - known as MetaWeb - is to develop indexing services, user tools, and metadata element sets in order to promote the use of, and exploitation of metadata on the Internet.
DELAMAN Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archive Network A number of initiatives have been established recently with the goal of documenting and archiving endangered languages and cultures worldwide. DELAMAN has been set up to form an international network of archives that will stimulate intensive interaction about practical matters that result from the experiences of fieldworkers and archivists, and to act as an information clearinghouse. DELAMAN is intended as an open organisation where any initiative actively contributing to documentation and archiving of endangered languages and musics can participate. We welcome collaboration with other initiatives as appropriate.

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