What is DataCurate?
DataCurate helps make metadata work for publishers and other content providers. We publish books, create training materials, conduct workshops, and provide consulting on metadata creation and distribution. Our publications and services focus on the intersection between product metadata and discovery.
Creating and distributing powerful product information (metadata) is essential to standing out in a crowded marketplace. The amount of available content – books, music, games, movies, video – continues to grow at an astounding rate. The virtual marketplace is flooded with metadata about both physical and digital content.
We work with you to identify and implement the best ways to create and manage metadata that works to support effective marketing, user discovery and engagement, sales, and business intelligence.
Who needs data curation?
Publishers — Booksellers — Authors — Libraries — Wholesalers — Distributors — Data aggregators
Good metadata is the single most important element in creating discovery and marketing strategies designed to connect people with content that matters to them.
DataCurate customers are publishers (including self-publishers), retailers, libraries, data and information providers, and other organizations that want to leverage metadata for marketing, discovery, and sales.
The Metadata Handbook
A Book Publisher’s Guide to Creating and Distributing Metadata for Print and Ebooks
by Renée Register and Thad McIlroy
132 pages, illustrated
PDF and other digital formats: $95.00
DataCurate Metadata Quick Guides
Available for download from Digital Book World
Available as four-week online courses and as Independent Study Workshops from Digital Book World University.
Webinars, workshops, presentations, consulting, and on-site training: Metadata standards and best practices, ONIX 3.0, EPUB 3 metadata, assigning subjects and categories, metadata technology and systems selection, metadata trends.
Contact us to tell us more about your organization and find out how DataCurate can help.
News and events relating to metadata, publishing, and libraries.
Contact us to let us know about events and publications or to submit a proposal for a guest post.
The 8th annual NISO-BISG Forum will be held Friday, June 27 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
The Changing Standards Landscape is an annual program organized jointly by the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The 2014 program will explore how globalization is affecting the publishing and library communities in an increasingly digital marketplace, with a special focus on the standards and emerging technologies that support global e-book reading.
The event is free with ALA registration. Find out more and submit your RSVP here.
A “Glossary of Metadata Terms,” adapted from The Metadata Handbook’s glossary, was published in Book Business magazine’s recent issue focusing on metadata. The issue also includes articles by IDPF‘s Bill MCoy on EPUB 3 and EDItEUR‘s Graham Bell on ONIX 3.0.
Here’s the current schedule for DBW U metadata classes.
- Introduction to Metadata for Books: History, Standards, and the Current Landscape Course Start Date: 08-04-2014 - Course End Date: 08-31–2014, Tuition $99
- Essential Metadata Elements Course Start Date: 09-01-2014 - Course End Date: 09-26-2014, Tuition $199
- Metadata Best Practices and Industry Certification Course Start Date: 06-02-2014 - Course End Date: 06-27-2014, Tuition $199
- Metadata and the Future of Publishing Course dates to be determined, Tuition $199
Digital Book World recently launched an addition to the DBW family – Digital Book World University. The specialized online courses offered by DBW U are led by industry professionals and cover the topics most critical to digital publishing success.
On June 24, DBW U premieres the first in a series of four metadata courses, Introduction to Metadata for Books: History, Standards, and the Current Landscape. This four-week online course introduces key metadata concepts, standards, and organizations, and outlines how metadata is distributed in today’s publishing landscape.
The metadata series of courses is based on material from The Metadata Handbook by Renée Register and Thad McIlroy, and Renée will instruct the courses. The remaining three courses in the metadata series are:
- Essential Metadata Elements
- Metadata Best Practices and Industry Certification
- Metadata and the Future of Publishing
DataCurate Resources features books, articles, research, organizations, and other resources of interest to publishers and libraries.
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by Renée Register and Thad McIlroy
132 pages, illustrated
PDF and other digital formats $95.00
Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked World by Steven Johnson
Riverhead Books, 2012
The Digitization of the Music Industry vs. the Book World: The Ultimate Overview
Written by Timo Boezeman & Niels Aalberts, with important additions and nuances by Erwin Blom, Eric Rigters and Jelte Nieuwenhuis.
FutureBook, November 2011
In case you missed it, this four-part series of blog posts from FutureBook offers good overviews of music and book industry history, describes changes imposed by the rise of digitization, and explores implications for the future of the book.
Big thinking from sci-fi luminary Neal Stephenson regarding the danger of narrow mindsets, risk aversion, and the role of the internet in stifling 21st century innovation.
Brain Pickings curated by Maria Popova
The description on the site expresses the content pretty well! “Brain Pickings is a discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.” Follow Maria on twitter and her well-managed tweets - @brainpicker – will keep you apprised of the frequently updated posts.
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