Here is a fantastic post on Digital Landfill on Five Myths about Taxonomy and SharePoint. I began to miss SharePoint, so I found this piece not only informative, but realistic regarding what you can and can’t expect to do with SharePoint in terms of taxonomy.
The highlights for you, enumerated as follows:
The term store management tool is not a taxonomy management system. It is called a term store and not the taxonomy manager for a reason.
It’s important to note the lack of workflow associated with term addition, modification and deletion. Changes to taxonomy in the term store can occur without review or approval, which can lead to repercussions like downstream processes becoming out of alignment.
Content types should be refelctive of the content itself and therefore not relegated as the sole responsibility of IT because they are not generally the business stakeholders.
Taking too narrow or too broad a perspective can lead to problems. Just because you are able to create a seven level hierarchy with thirty-thousand terms doesn’t mean that you should.
In SharePoint, the taxonomy is used throughout the site but terms are managed in the term store for specific usage in content.
Finally, as with many projects that require the organization of information, LIS professionals can play a useful role in creating and managing SharePoint terms, however, it is vitally important to involve team members with a rich understanding of SharePoint’s features and limitations and the actual enterprise end users.
I love a good resource on digital preservation. Here is another one from the UK, from the National Archives.
I particularly like the “Digital Preservations FAQ’s” section which talks about funding, expertise, and some golden rules like always holding two copies of a record and documenting processes.
The Guidance section includes practical information about file formats and storage media. Finally, there is a page devoted to Policy Guidance because every good digital collection should be backed up not only in multiple locations, but backed up by a solid policy.
Thanks to Jill Hurst-Wahl at Digitization 101 for pointing out this amazing resource!
The Hedgehog Librarian, Abigail Goben, has collected a number of interesting metadata related tidbits on her blog. One of the most interesting observations is regarding the number of LIS jobs that are directly related to dealing with, modelling and even visualizing metadata. Here is the list of positions plus a few new ones. Take note of the skill sets and buzz words used in the descriptions. If you are a librarian excited about metadata, interesting opportunities abound.
If you are interested in fashion and in reading big, hefty, glossy magazines, you are familiar with the mythic September issues. Well, did you also know that stock giant Corbis Images offers rights for editorial use of the Condé Nast archive of images?
The Condé Nast Archive, with a collection dating back to 1892, is one of the finest resources in the publishing world. The selection of photography features work by such giants as Edward Steichen, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, John Rawlings, George Hoyningen-Huene, Toni Frissell, Henry Clarke, and many others.
From a Pucci dress to a portrait of Joni Mitchell to a woman dining with a cheetah, this image collection will amaze and inspire.