This semester I’m taking Metadata, and I’m really enjoying it – I’m even kind of looking forward to our final project! (Creating a metadata schema. No surprise, mine is going to be about yarn.) When I audited Digital Curation during the summer, we talked a bit about Dublin Core, but I found it really difficult to understand exactly how it worked because our discussions were a bit divorced from how Dublin Core actually works in metadata records – and let’s be honest, if you have no idea how to actually use it, no amount of poring over the documentation will help with that.
Having a basic understanding of the DCMES has been really helpful in this class, though, and now that I’ve learned how DCMES and RDF work together in XML (yay! I love XML!) has clarified a lot. I’m still a little fuzzy on how exactly RDF is used – I know you create RDF records for metadata… and then what? How do people access them or use them? Who uses them? These sound like super basic questions, but I think one of the things that I’ve felt most curious/frustrated about in learning new technologies during my MLS is wanting to know the practical applications and see them in action. I guess I know what I will be asking during our class session tomorrow…
On a slightly different note: I remember when I first started looking at job postings as a newbie MLS-er, and I was really intimidated by all the acronyms that it seemed like you needed to know. DCMES, RDF, XSLT, DACS… 7 billion others I can’t think of right now… Two years later, all those strings of letters seem a lot less overwhelming.
Here’s a peek at the RDF record I’ve been working on. It’s for a vegetarian chili recipe (peanut butter in chili??).