Development of geospatial metadata for the British Library's digital repository

Kimberly Kowal
British Libarary

Date: 8th February 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: MB504

Geospatial data require specialised treatment for management and archiving due to the complexity of data structures and their spatial and representational attributes. The British Library (BL) stewards digital topographic mapping datasets, produced by Ordnance Survey, which provide unique annual snapshots of the landscape and are essential to preserve for future research. For this and other UK digital output, BL's Digital Library System (DLS) provides a technical infrastructure to support the collection and management of data and ensure long-term preservation for the nation. We will discuss the development of metadata models to accompany digital objects for ingest into the DLS, in particular as assigned to these geospatial datasets. The data itself will be described and placed in context of user needs and access to visual maps, as will the metadata standards and preservation requirements of the DLS.