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Metadata For Complex Objects Update

Monday, November 29th, 2010
*Image details at end of post

Bookings for the next Forum meeting on 10th December 2010 are brisk. Clearly metadata for complex objects is a hot topic for many people right now. I’ll be publishing short overviews from the speakers later in the week, but I can confirm that we will be hearing about images, theses and teaching and learning objects, with further announcements to come. If you want to attend but haven’t yet booked, you can do so using the booking form, which also links to full details of the meeting and venue.**

I’ve also been pleased to receive questions and comments via email and Twitter from people who aren’t able to attend the meeting in person, but still have a contribution to make. If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to drop me an email, tweet @metadataforum or even give me a call and let me know  your thoughts and questions. All contributions received before the day or on the day itself will be presented during the meeting, and discussions and answers to queries will be fed back to everyone via Twitter and the blog. Speaker notes and presentations will also be freely available after the meeting, again with links and and overviews here on the blog.

The tag for the meeting will be -


You will be able to follow announcements about the event via twitter (as well as feeds from blogs and websites etc.) by searching for the above tag. If you are new to twitter, please visit, and create an account for yourself. We will be using technologies like this frequently, before, during and after the event. If you require a twitter client (software to keep up to date with the latest tweets), several can be found at

*Image of the University of York temporary protakbin library accommodation during the current refurbishment project.
**A final note on the location -  the meeting will be held at the University of York library portakabin. In answer to many tweets about the venue, I think you’ll agree it’s a portakabin, but not as we know it ;-)

We’re Going To The Fringe

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Greyfriars Bobby, Edinburgh

The Metadata Forum will be holding a face-to-face meeting at the Repo Fringe 2010 in Edinburgh, 2-3 September. The meeting is free and open to anyone who has an interest in metadata. So if you’re coming along to the event, or will be in Edinburgh and have an interest in metadata,  please come and join in – everyone is welcome!

More details of a suggested agenda and guest speaker will follow. There may even be chocolate biscuits and shortbread(!).

*Photo used under CC licensing, with thanks to mrbrocks. Find out about the famous  Greyfriars Bobby of Edinburgh, a sad story of love, devotion and metadata (well, ok, maybe not metadata!).

The Metadata Forum At OR10

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The Metadata Forum will be officially launched at the Open Repositories Conference in Madrid. The conference runs from 6th – 9th July with the Forum launch taking place on Wednesday 7th July, 15.45-16.45  at a Birds of a Feather session. If you’re attending the conference, please come along and join in. If you’re not able to attend the conference, you can still take part by emailing or tweeting your ideas, questions and thoughts before, during and after the meeting.

I’ll be attending the full conference, so please feel free to chat to me at any time about metadata!

The meeting will be covered here on the blog, and I’m also hoping to encourage people to tweet the proceedings, so please follow @MetadataForum on Twitter.

More news about the meeting will be posted here soon…