CIG Scotland Seminar: Somewhere over the Rainbow

Our metadata online, past, present & future

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Wed, 5th Apr 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Cataloguing and Indexing Group in Scotland warmly invites you to the seventh seminar in our Metadata & Web 2.0 series, which takes place at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh on the 5th of April 2017.   

This year the theme is metadata from the past, the present, and the future … with a sub plot on personal metadata.  Along the way we’ll be exploring metadata gaming, digital rights, web archiving, the emotional analysis of music online, crowdsourcing, transcription of manuscripts online, Rio 2016, the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, and managing your digital footprint.

We’ll also be running a small competition on the day, involving cupcakes, book tokens and tweets – come to the event to find out more!

Closing date for bookings: 31 March 2017
Bookings must be made via
Please bring your printed ticket with you. Registration on the day will open at 10:00, with the event kicking off at 10:30 and finishing at 16:00.

Cancellation policy
Cancellations are available until the 31st March with full refund; after this date you will be liable for full payment.

We look forward to seeing you in April!  

Historic note: It’s ten years since our first Metadata & Web 2.0 event ‘Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’.  So we thought it would be a fitting time to return to our roots, look beyond the rainbow, and see where metadata and web 2.0 are now.  For those with an interest in web 3.0 and metadata developments, look out for the next instalment in our linked data series.


10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Crowdsourcing at the National Library of Scotland / Ines Byrne & Steve Rigden (National Library of Scotland)

Bringing the past to life will unfold as Ines Byrne and Steve Rigden from the National Library of Scotland describe standards and issues in crowdsourcing the transcription of historic handwritten texts.

11:10 Can web archiving the Olympics be an international team effort? Running the Rio Olympics and Paralympics project / Helena Byrne (British Library)

Managing metadata from the present will be explored by Helena Byrne from the British Library, as she describes the global co-ordination of metadata required for harvesting websites for the 2016 Olympics, as part of the International Internet Preservation Coalition’s Rio 2016 web archiving project

11:45 Statistical Accounts of Scotland / Vivienne Mayo (EDINA)

Vivienne Mayo from EDINA describes how information from the past has found a new lease of life in the recently re-launched Statistical Accounts of Scotland

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Beyond bibliographic description: emotional metadata on YouTube / Diane Pennington (University of Strathclyde)

Diane Pennington of Strathclyde University will move beyond the bounds of bibliographic description as she discusses her research about emotions shared by music fans online and how they might be used as metadata for new approaches to search and retrieval

13:55 Our 5Rights: digital rights of children and young people / Dev Kornish, Dan Dickson, Bethany Wilson (5Rights Youth Commission)

Young Scot, Scottish Government and 5Rights introduce Scotland’s 5Rights Youth Commission – a diverse group of young people passionate about their digital rights. We will hear from Dev, Dan and Bethany what their ‘5Rights’ mean to them, and how children and young people can be empowered to access technology, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

14:30 Break

14:45 Playing with metadata / Gavin Willshaw and Scott Renton (University of Edinburgh)

Learn about Edinburgh University Library’s metadata games platform, a crowdsourcing initiative which has improved descriptive metadata and become a vital engagement tool both within and beyond the library. Hear how they have developed their games in collaboration with Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth College-based research group which explores game design for social change, and learn what they’re doing with crowd-sourced data. There may even be time for you to set a new high score…

15:20 Managing your digital footprint / Nicola Osborne (EDINA)

Nicola Osborne will give tips on how to manage our digital footprint

16:00 Close

National Library of Scotland, Boardroom

George IV Bridge
EH1 1EW Edinburgh

United Kingdom