I read a really insightful post about the “minimum viable record” recently on The Open Library Blog. In it, George Oates discusses amongst other things the rational order of library metadata and how much description is enough to enable optimal retrieval.
George posts an amazing presentation he gave in February as well as the exciting results of a survey conducted during that presentation. The data collected is not surprising by any means, but reveals the most popular viable fields selected by the audience.
Here are my minimum viable fields:
– Subject (repeatable)
My bonus field would be Format.
In case you want to marvel about more metadata than you can shake a stick at, check out this super cool metadata visualization. My head spins when I think about how many metadata standards abound.