SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"

  • 27 Sep 2012
  • 6:00 PM
  • Northwestern University Library, Forum Room, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

What is metadata? Where does it come from? What does it look like? How do I choose the right schema? What does it mean to map, expose, and repurpose metadata?
Following a question and answer format, you'll explore:

  • The basic concepts of metadata, including
  • Identifying sources and types,
  • Aspects to consider regarding interoperability, and
  • How to assess how much metadata is enough?

Understanding these basic metadata questions will help you make good metadata choices at your local institution!

Chicago-Area Archivists (CAA) will continue to offer a series of webinars that are part of the SAA Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) curriculum to train practicing archivists and their managers to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to electronic records.

The DAS curriculum is made up of a series of structured workshops and webinars in the following categories:  Foundational, Tactical and Strategic, Tools and Services, and Transformational.  In all, SAA offers 23 courses.  Those interested in a Digital Archives Specialist certificate must take 9 courses over a two-year period and pass online exams within a week after each course.  For more information on the SAA DAS curriculum, please see

"A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata," from the Foundational category, is the third DAS offering from CAA.  Designed especially for practitioners, the webinar will be held at Northwestern University Library on September 27, 2012 at 6 p.m.

**To register, RSVP to and send your check for the appropriate amount below, made out to CHICAGO AREA ARCHIVISTS, to Benn Joseph, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.  You can also send an email if you have any questions.  Space is limited to 20 participants, so get your registration in early! **

Fees for registering before September 27, 2012:
CAA members:  $15
Non-members:  $20**

On-site registration:
CAA members:  $20
Non-members:  $25**

**CAA membership dues are only $10/year!  Become a CAA member when you register and get the member price for the event, as well as CAA membership until January 1, 2013.

NOTE:  For those webinar participants who wish to pursue DAS certification and to take the online exam after the webinar, SAA will charge a separate exam fee of $35.

Location and Directions:

The webinar will be held in the Forum Room at Northwestern University Library, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.  Please feel  free to bring an unobtrusive brown-bag dinner/snack to this evening presentation.

The library is located near the south end of the Evanston campus and is easily accessible from the Foster El stop and Davis Metra station.  Free parking is typically available after 4 p.m. on campus lots.  A map and driving directions are available here:

If you would have questions or would like to see this same webinar offered at a different time or location, contact Jane Kenamore at

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