The Metadata unit is responsible for providing access to the university Libraries’ digital collections for discovery and retrieval. Led by the Metadata Librarian, it works closely with Digital Initiatives and Special Collections & University Archives. Currently, its digital collections are hosted by several content management or digital assets management systems including CONTENTdm, Islandora and SobekCM.
CONTENTdm at the University Libraries stores images, manuscripts, university archival materials and other digital collections. Some of the main collections include: Central Florida Memory in Special Collections, Civil War Collection, UCF Community Veterans History Project and University Archives. CONTENTdm supports metadata schema such as qualified Dublin Core, Visual Resources Association (VRA) Core element and Encoded Archival Description (EAD) standards and also accepts locally defined elements.
It is part of the State University Libraries of Florida’s Islandora project which hosts local history and culture heritage materials in special collections and university archives. At UCF Libraries, the newly implemented Islandora has taken collections transferred from Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) in DigiTool, such as the Florida Heritage Collection. Islandora supports Dublin Core, Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), MarcXML and Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS).
SobekCM @ UCF Libraries currently stores Special Collection materials such as the Digital Library of Caribbean. It also supports Dublin Core, MODS, MarcXML and METS.
Besides cataloging digital materials, the Metadata Librarian provides Metadata Services as part of the scholarly communication services supported by the University’s Research Lifecycle.
For an introduction to metadata and its related topics such as research data and dataset, data documentation, general and domain metadata standards, data curation and data repositories, please check out the libraries’ Metadata Guide.