Philip Hider, Head of the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University presented his vision for the future of the library catalogue for the SCIS Consultation 2013.
Based on his latest book, Information Resource Description: creating and managing metadata (2012) published by Facet, Philip outlined three approaches to metadata creation, and considered how cataloguing services like SCIS might develop a hybrid model around these three approaches into the future.
- content-based retrieval, eg. search engines
- metadata-based retrieval: socially generated
- metadata-based retrieval: professional description:
Philip’s vision for future library systems included:
- Finding, identifying and obtaining supported mostly by content-based systems
- Selecting supported by user reviews & professional metadata
- Navigation supported by controlled vocabularies
Phillip recommended that future priorities for SCIS should include providing metadata for key resource to support curriculum in controlled fields, to support tagging done by teachers and students and to manage or co-manage controlled vocabularies such as ScOT.