Seeing Metadata: Representing Digital Collection Metadata

Evan Peter Williamson


Creators of digital content are often narrowly focused on each individual collection or project. In the face of the ever increasing scale of digital collections, it is challenging to step back and evaluate the metadata of the repository as a whole. This project outlines methods to visualize, evaluate, and use metadata in ways that overcome limitations inherent in the traditional management tools and workflows. The results demonstrate that visual analytic approaches have the potential to open up metadata from a new, more holistic perspective—freeing us from the item-level tabular view to grasp the larger patterns and structures in the data. Creating visual representations of metadata will be a valuable tool for management, analysis, and exploration.


digital collections, metadata, visual analytics, data visualization

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