Vol. 6, No. 3 (2022): Metadata as Knowledge

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.

Guest Editors: Stacy Allison-Cassin and Dean Seeman

Collection launched: July 27, 2022 

(Cover image adapted from the public domain image "Floating berg, showing the proportion above and under the water" (1892) by G. Frederick  Wright, available from the Freshwater and Marine Image Bank at the University of Washington Libraries.) 


"Metadata as Knowledge"

Authors: Stacy Allison-Cassin, Dean Seeman


"Knowledge Lost, Knowledge Gained: The Implications of Migrating to Online Archival Descriptive Systems"

Authors: Daniela Ansovini, Kelli Babcock, Tanis Franco, Jiyun Alex Jung, Karen Suurtamm, Alexandra Wong

"Working Knowledge: Catalogers and the Stories They Tell"

Authors: Amanda Belantara, Emily Drabinski

"Re-purposing Excavation Database Content as Paradata: An Explorative Analysis of Paradata Identification Challenges and Opportunities"

Authors: Lisa Börjesson, Olle Sköld, Zanna Friberg, Daniel Löwenborg, Gísli Pálsson, Isto Huvila

"The Power to Structure: Making Meaning from Metadata Through Ontologies"

Authors: Erin Canning, Susan Brown, Sarah Roger, Kimberley Martin

"Trouble in Paradise: Expanding Applications of the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names® to Enhance Intellectual Discoverability of Circum-Caribbean Materials"

Author: Alexandra Gooding

"Knowledge Graphs, Metadata Practices, and Badiou's Mathematical Ontology"

Author: John Huck

"Using Linked Data Sources to Enhance Catalog Discovery"

Authors: Huda Khan, Claire DeMarco, Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Steven Folsom, Jason Kovari, Simeon Warner, Tim Worrall, Astrid Usong

"Leveraging Wikidata to Build Scholarly Profiles as Service"

Authors: Mairelys Lemus-Rojas, Jere Odell, Lucille Frances Brys, Mirian Ramirez Rojas

"Ethical Considerations of Including Personal Demographic Information in Open Knowledge Platforms"

Authors: Nerissa Lindsey, Greta Kuriger Suiter, Kurt Hanselman

"Semantic Encyclopedias and Boolean Dreams"

Author: Alexandra Provo


"The South Asian Canadian Digital Archive Thesaurus: Thesaurus Construction for the South Asian Canadian Diaspora"

Authors: Magnus Berg, Satwinder Kaur Bains, Sadhvi Suri

"Modelling Linked Data for Conservation: A Call for New Standards"

Authors: Ryan Lieu, Alberto Campagnolo

"The Marmaduke Problem: A Case Study of Comics as Linked Open (Meta)data"

Authors: Kate Topham, Julian Chambliss, Justin Wigard, Nicole Huff