Metadata Call 2023-04-25

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern

Call-In Info:

Community Notes:



Moderator(s): Annamarie K.

Notetaker: Nora Z.



  • @Annamarie Klose (Ohio State University)

  • @Nora Zimmerman (Lafayette)

  • Emma Beck (University of Louisville)

  • @Heather Greer Klein

  • @Juliet Hardesty



  • Still looking for a SMIG co-facilitator

  • Roadmaps Alignment Group Update (Heather)

    • No meeting in April. Not enough on the agenda.

  • OAI harvesting in Samvera

    • Charter sent to community last month

    • Trying to schedule - lack of availability of members has prevented a meeting from being scheduled so far; Meredith is now on leave and may not be available to collaborate 

    • Will try sharing the charter out in the DLF and Code4Lib listservs to see if any further participants can be brought in 

  • Open Discussion

    • What authorities are popular in the Samvera community?

      • Lafayette: OCLC FAST in Subject field. Nora has a study in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly soon about this work. Uses Geonames with Location. Use dc:location - not dc:spatial for that. Can also toggle to also use the Getty Thesaurus. But Geonames is better for current places. In Geonames, there is no unified Korea name - just North and South. For that specific example and historic place terms, TGN is preferred. Getty TGN’s API is poor. API does not return well-formed terms. A concern is whether the Questioning Authority gem will be deprecated; someone has stepped up to take over as a product owner. Nora spoke of the great value of the QA gem. Lynette left for GitHub open source. Heather said that QA seems safe and James is looking to the future of it.

      • OSU: TGN does have a lot of great historical terms, and is great as an OpenRefine reconciliation tool. Would be appealing to be able to toggle between two different authorities. Is that something the Hyku community is looking at? 

      • Louisville: Uses multiple authorities, not exactly sure which ones. Happy to do a demo after going live in the first week of May. 

    • Discussion about how much we all love Bulkrax and wish we could implement it at our repositories

    • Hyku vs. Hyrax

      • Lack of development staff is the main cause of lack of implementation

      • In a comparison of Hyku and Hyrax, the rate of feature development in Hyku in the last year has been impressive. Largely the result of contract work on feature requests 

      • Hosted option for Hyku is very attractive when staffing and campus infrastructure are often out of the library’s immediate locus of control

      • Hyku water cooler - monthly meeting of participating institutions (many PALNI/PALCI)

  • Digital Library Federation Forum’s CFP

    • Emma submitted a proposal for a DLF presentation about open source migrations (since this is her second one).

    • Heather and Julie are considering submitting a proposal.

  • Reminder: Samvera Virtual Connect is next week


Next meeting: May 23, 2023, 2-3pm EST