Metadata as Knowledge




metadata, linked data, knowledge organization, cataloguing


Introduction to "Metadata as Knowledge," a special issue of KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies that takes up the critical relationship between metadata and knowledge. The issue includes articles and project reports that address metadata, hidden knowledge, and labour; standards versus expression; knowledge sharing and reuse of metadata; forays into open and shared knowledge; linked data, metadata translation, and discovery; and machine learning and knowledge graphs. Although rarely an object of notice or scrutiny by its users, metadata governs the circulation of information and has the power to name, broadcast, normalize, oppress, and exclude. As the contributions to this issue demonstrate, metadata is knowledge, and metadata creators, systems, and practices must contend with how metadata means.


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Author Biographies

Stacy Allison-Cassin, Dalhousie University

Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

Dean Seeman, University of Victoria

Head, Metadata, University of Victoria Libraries


Berman, Sanford. 1993. Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Olson, Hope A. 2002. The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic.

Tharani, Karim. 2020. “Just KOS! Enriching Digital Collections with Hypertexts to Enhance Accessibility of Non-Western Knowledge Materials in Libraries.” Knowledge Organization 47 (3): 220–30.



How to Cite

Allison-Cassin, Stacy, and Dean Seeman. 2022. “Metadata As Knowledge”. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 6 (3):1-4.

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