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Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse
Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina
Item Number: 1541-9136
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $250.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning August 14, 2017 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 36
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

  • Understand what metadata is and how it is used to provide access to information
  • Learn the role of metadata in Semantic Web and Linked Library Data
  • Gain an understanding of the principles of metadata quality and interoperability
  • Understand the key metadata schemes, including Dublin Core and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)
  • Grasp how to create descriptive metadata in major metadata schemes
  • Learn to represent Dublin Core, MODS, and MARC metadata in XML syntax
  • Be able to create Linked-Data ready metadata in RDF syntax

Computers increasingly collect, manage, and analyze data for scholarly research. Linked data and metadata give libraries the ability to support this eResearch, making them powerful tools. Many libraries are a tipping point in adoption of linked data, and librarians that don't learn about this topic are at risk of falling behind.

In this eCourse, Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina—an experienced instructor with extensive teaching and research experience in linked data and metadata—will provide you with the tools to get started and the resources to learn more on your own. Zavalina will cover topics such as the building blocks of metadata scheme (structure, syntax, and semantics); how metadata schemes are implemented in database records; application of several metadata schemes that are most widely used in digital libraries, including Dublin Core and MODS; and the role of metadata in Semantic Web and Linked Data environment.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on August 14, 2017. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Dr. Zavalina will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina is a faculty member at the University of North Texas (UNT). Dr. Zavalina earned both her MLIS degree and her Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences. She possesses extensive practical, teaching, and research experience in the areas of library cataloging and digital library metadata. Her introductory and advances courses on cataloging and metadata constantly receive high student ratings on teaching effectiveness. Dr. Zavalina developed and presented two special training sessions on metadata at 2012 and 2013 TLA Annual conferences.


"I think Dr. Zavalina is the perfect instructor for this course. She clearly knows and understands the material well and does an excellent job of distilling it for a beginner's understanding, and I found her calm and approachable manner reassuring and her feedback on exercises encouraging and helpful."


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