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Liberation of metadata describing the Edward Lear collection 
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Metadata—pieces of information about information—are the librarian's and archivist's stock in trade. Call numbers, titles, keywords, place names, descriptions: all these turn an archive or book stack into a living collection to be browsed and read, searched and researched. Until quite recently, the technologies that we’ve used to record metadata and make them accessible—paper, gummed labels, rubber stamps, catalogue cards—have been passive. They're full of stories, and yet it takes the reader’s active fingers, eyes, and mind to tease those stories out and share them. New technologies exist that can lift metadata off the page, card, and spine to tell stories on their own. The old metadata were already telling stories, of course—stories of order, control, and connection. But in digital form, metadata can be made to leap and dance. ... /pga/lear/

Susannah Sabine

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Australian National Data Service
ANU Division of Information
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The Australian National University
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