This section will cover metadata practices. It is based on the two deliverables on metadata of the DCA project, i.e., D.3.1 Metadata Implementation Guidelines and D.3.2. Metadata Contextualisation and Enrichment.
The deliverable D.3.1 Metadata Implementation Guidelines gives a broad overview on metadata in general. The practices offered in this deliverable are technology-independent. Here, we give an overview of the diiferent kinds of metadata standards out there and we discuss some relevant standards in detail. Next, we stipulate some guidelines for both describing contemporary art and exchanging contemporary art descriptions. The deliverable ends with a short introduction to metadata supporting long-term preservation, i.e., PREMIS.
The second deliverable, i.e. D.3.2 Metadata Contextualisation and Enrichment, is about creating the right context for the contemporary art descriptions by means of enrichment. In this deliverable, we focus on Semantic Web technologies for contextualising and enriching contemporary art descriptions. The reason for this is that Semantic Web, more specifically, Linked Open Data is designed to target this problem. Thus, in this deliverable, we introduce some foundations of the Semantic Web and we provide some guidelines for contaxtualising contemporary art descriptions, including example queries and an overview of dataset that can be used for the enrichment process.. In this document, we also focus on SKOS, for implementing controlled vocabularies, as these controlled vocabularies are play an important role in contextualising the content. Finally, we give also a broad overview of the tools that can be used for publishing Linked Open Data.