Process recommendations

At 1 p.m. (Eastern time) today, I'm presenting the results of a metadata research project conducted on behalf of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). It's part of a series of three paid webinars about metadata.

I had presented an overview and preliminary assessment at this year's Making Information Pay conference, also sponsored by BISG. Today, I'll be providing greater depth on the recommendations, which are broken into two sets (process and "future-proofing"). The process recommendations include:

  • Senders should develop an internal feedback loop by comparing prepared metadata to the actual product
  • Senders and recipients should work in tandem to create stronger feedback loops
  • Senders and recipients should work jointly to confirm shared metadata definitions
  • Recipients should articulate how they handle updates
  • Recipients should work with senders to improve transparency on alterations and modifications

The full report includes background on current practices of both senders and receivers as well as the results of 30 interviews and 125 responses to a North American-wide survey. I'll post a link when the report is made available by BISG.

Edited June 25 to add: The metadata report is now available through BISG. The full report is offered for $199 (members) and $499 (non-members). An executive summary, part of the full report, is available without charge to members and for $49 for non-members.

About Brian O'Leary

Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, Brian O’Leary helps enterprises with media and publishing components capitalize on the power of content. A veteran of more than 30 years in the publishing industry and a prolific content producer himself, Brian leverages the breadth and depth of his experience to deliver innovative content solutions.