SAA Webinar "A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata"

  • 16 Nov 2012
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Highland Park Historical Society, 326 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035

About the Web Seminar

What is metadata? Where does it come from? What does it look like? How do I choose the right schema for what I’m planning to do? What does it mean to map, expose, and repurpose metadata?

Following a question and answer format, “A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata” webinar is designed for practitioners. Upon completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Define basic concepts of metadata,
  • Identify sources and types,
  • Consider aspects regarding interoperability,
  • Assess how much metadata is enough; and,
  • Make good metadata choices at your local institution

Understanding these basic metadata questions will help attendees make good metadata choices at your local institution.


Space is limited to 20 participants, so register and send payment quickly.

RSVP your attendance to Nancy Webster, Archivist at the Highland Park Historical Society, at  and to Martin Tuohy at  Ms. Webster and the board of directors of the Highland Park Historical Society are graciously hosting the Chicago Area Archivists for this professional development program.

Send your registration payment for the appropriate amount below, made out to CHICAGO AREA ARCHIVISTS, to Janet Olson, Treasurer, Chicago Area Archivists, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.  Please include a note on the check, money order, or inside the envelope indicating your payment is for the “November 16 SAA DAS Webinar.”  CAA is able to accept checks and money orders, but not credit cards.  Do not send payment to Wheaton College.

Fees for registering before November 16, 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 December 31, 2012

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 Contact Information for Highland Park Historical Society

Directions By train:
The Highland Park Historical Society is accessible by Metra Union Pacific North Line at the Highland Park station.  For fares, train times, and the location of the Highland Park station, see or call 312/322-6777 or 312/836-7000 weekdays from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  From the Highland Park train station, walk north-northwest on St. John’s Avenue past Laurel Avenue and Central Court to Central Avenue, then turn right  (east-northeast) and walk one long block towards Lake Michigan.  The Highland Park Historical Society is on Central Avenue just beyond Linden Avenue. 
By bus:
Pace Buses 271, 272, and 213 run within the vicinity of the Highland Park Historical Society.

By car:
The Highland Park Historical Society is just east of the Central Avenue exit of U.S. Route 41, the Skokie Highway.  Drivers on Interstate 94 will want to examine a map of I-94 exit and entrance ramps, because some exits are not accessible for northbound or southbound traffic.  From the north, exit I-94 at Half Day Road.  From the south traveling northward, exit at Deerfield Road eastward.


Ample parking is available near the building.

Interested in More Digital Archives Specialist Webinars?Watch CAA’s listserv for announcements and details about “Standards for Digital Archives,” to be held in January 2013.  More professional development sessions are forthcoming in 2013.

This webinar is sponsored by the Chicago-Area Archivists (CAA).  CAA is offering a series of webinars from the Society of American Archivists’ Digital Archives Specialist curriculum.  The Digital Archives Specialist curriculum consists of a series of “live” workshops and recorded webinars designed to train practicing archivists and their managers to appraise, capture, preserve, and provide access to electronic records.

"A Beginner’s Guide to Metadata," from the Foundational category, is the third DAS offering through CAA.  The Digital Archives Specialist curriculum is designed for four categories of learning:

  • Foundational
  • Tactical and Strategic
  • Tools and Services
  • Transformational

In all, SAA offers 23 courses. Registrants who are 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

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