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CIG (MDG) Conference 2020: Metadata and Discovery

 Export to Your Calendar 07/09/2020 to 11/09/2020
When: 07/09/2020
Where: United Kingdom

Online registration is available until: 31/08/2020
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CIG (MDG) Conference 2020
Metadata and Discovery
Online, 7-11 September 2020

In 2020 the Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG) changes its name to Metadata & Discovery Group (MDG). Join us at our biennial conference as we explore the transformation of our profession and its increasing importance to the information economy.

Conference theme

Cataloguing and indexing are well-established recognised skill sets which continue to be at the forefront of our group's offer. Our name change further reflects the fact that, as well as creating metadata, information professionals also need to manage, migrate and edit metadata in order to enable discovery of resources, and that they do so increasingly in non-traditional sectors.

For this year's conference we invited proposals around the theme of metadata and discovery with an emphasis on 'bigness': big ideas, big projects, big ambitions and big impact.

Free and Online

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic our conference will now be held online and is free to attend! The programme has been re-designed to fit an online environment but our aim remains to create a friendly and engaging atmosphere similar to our physical event with lively discussions during the breakout sessions. We will be using Zoom and will provide technical guidelines and fuller details on how the sessions will run upon registration.


We are very pleased to announce that registration is now finally open from the 22nd of July and thank you for your patience!

As always, our event is open to both members and non-members both at home and abroad but please be aware that we are limited to 300 places in total.

If you don't think you will be able to follow the full conference live, either because of time zone restrictions or other commitments, rest assured you will be able to access the presentations via our SlideShare account and YouTube channel following the conference, and read the conference proceedings in our journal, Catalogue & Index.

Draft Programme

As online events provide their own unique challenges we have taken the decision to spread the programme over five days to allow for a good balance of presentations and breaks. The days are loosely themed but please note the programme timings are not yet confirmed so the below should be taken as a guideline only.

Further and final details will be posted here, through our blog, Twitter feed and relevant lists.

Day 1 - Bigness
09:50-10:00   Registration
    Session One
Chair: tbc
10:00-10:10   Welcome, introductions, housekeeping
10:10-10:50 Keynote Violet Fox
11:00-11:30 Paper Manchester metadata: how managing bigness can provide significant challenges and equivalent opportunities through collaboration and co-operation at University of Manchester – Kathryn Sullivan
11:40-12:10 Paper Big ambitions... the highs and lows of getting what you ask for – Amy Staniforth
12:10-12:30 Breakout Reflections on bigness
    Session Two
Chair: tbc
13:50-14:00   Welcome, introductions, housekeeping
14:00-14:30 Paper NBK and Library Hub: recent developments – Bethan Ruddock and Shirley Cousins


Lightning talk
The Mercian Metadata Group: our experience of trying to make a big noise about metadata in a small way! – William Peaden and Richard Birley
15:00-15:10 Lightning talk Introduction to Serials – tbc
15:20-15:50 Groups Serials cataloguing open discussion
15:50-16:20 Panel Feedback from breakout sessions and panel discussion

Day 2 - Collections
09:50-10:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
    Session One
Chair: tbc
10:00-10:30 Paper The Reclassification of Non-Western Art at UCL Library – Thomas Meehan
10:40-11:10 Paper Bodleian Libraries Chinese catalogue migration project – Nathalie Schulz
11:20-11:50 Paper Closing the language gap: developing machine learning tools to detect the language of legacy catalogue records – Victoria Morris
11:50-12:10 Breakout Reflections
    Session Two
Chair: tbc
13:50-14:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
14:00-14:30 Paper The Great Escape: breaking down the walled garden of the catalogue – Jane Stevenson
14:40-15:10 Paper The Cinderella of Stationers’ Hall: Music (and Metadata) in Georgian Legal Deposit Libraries – Karen McAulay
15:10-15:30 Lightning talk Sportlight on the RBSCG Bibliographic Standards Committee – Christine Megowan
15:30-15:50 Breakout Reflections

Day 3 - Metadata enhancement
09:50-10:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
    Session One
Chair: tbc
10:00-10:30 Paper Metadata enriching and discovery at Solent University Library – Getaneh Alemu
10:40-11:10 Paper Going to the Co-op: Converting Authority headings from local to global standards using data from OCLC Worldshare – Martin Kelleher
11:20-11:50 Paper Have you searched the Library catalogue? Migrating catalogue records from pre-internet software to a modern library management system supporting MARC21 – Peter Lund and Martin Lucas-Smith
11:50-12:20 Breakout  
    Session Two
Chair: tbc
13:50-14:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
14:00-14:30 Paper The value of redundancy in validating bibliographic data: record and graph-based approaches – Duncan Chalmers
14:40-15:10 Paper Creating and enriching linked data with Wikidata – Jason Evans
15:20-15:30 Lightning talk On your MARC, get set... Banham! - Alison Hazelaar
15:30-15:50 Breakout  

Day 4 -Acquisitions and Ethics
09:50-10:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
    Session One
Chair: tbc
10:00-10:30 Paper Dark arts: Partnering metadata and procurement to invoke greater value for libraries – Jenny May and Gavin Philips
10:40-11:10 Paper Advocating for Quality Metadata: Shelf-Ready MARC Records and the Joint Consortia Framework Agreement – Emma Booth
11:10-11:40 Breakout Acquisitions discussion
    Session Two
Chair: tbc
13:50-14:00   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
14:00-14:30 Paper Cataloguing ethics – Jane Daniels
14:40-15:10 Breakout Ethics discussion
15:20-16:20 Meeting Metadata & Discovery Group AGM
We encourage all our members to attend! Separate registration required.

Day 5 - RDA Day
10:00-10:05   Registration, welcome, introductions, housekeeping
    Chair: Jenny Wright, Chair of UKCoR
10:05-12:00   Updates from the RSC - Gordon Dunsire
10:30-11:00   British Library plans for implementation of the new RDA - Alan Danskin
11:00-12:00   Demonstration of an RDA application profile in use

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