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As I near completion of the second edition of The Metadata Handbook, which is due to be published next month, I find myself looking back over the two years since its initial publication and looking forward to exciting developments that will expand the ways in which metadata can be leveraged to support books and publishing.
I’ve seen interest in understanding metadata and learning to create and distribute quality metadata continue to grow across all segments of publishing. The four metadata courses created in 2013 through Digital Book World University continue to attract a large number of students representing independent, professional, trade and self-publishing. Digital Book World University will continue to offer these courses in 2015, with new ones in the works.
Recent webcasts and metadata workshops have proved to be popular as well. I will be leading a three-hour workshop called “Creating Metadata That Works” on January 13, 2015 at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo, followed a metadata webcast on February 3, 2015.
Working with industry leaders on updating the section of the Handbook called “Metadata and the Future of Publishing,” I’ve noticed a few common threads about the changing metadata landscape and its impact on authors and publishers.
Here are four of them:
- The increasing adoption of identifier systems such as International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI) and International Standard Text Code (ISTC) are facilitating continued movement toward the Semantic Web and providing greater support for accurate rights management.
- Thema is bringing us closer to a truly international subject scheme.
- Options for metadata in EPUB3 point to growing potential for the use of metadata embedded in digital content.
- Schema.org allows us to associate metadata with ever more granular content components.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Bill Kasdorf, Vice President of Apex Content Solutions and Metadata Subgroup Lead, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF): “Every year, the importance of metadata becomes clearer and clearer throughout the publishing ecosystem.”
It’s a simple observation, but it’s true; the task, then, for authors and publishers is to convert knowledge of metadata’s importance into knowledge about metadata implementation.