Answering the Call for more Accountability: Applying Data Profiling to Museum Metadata

Seth van Hooland, Yves Bontemps, Seth Kaufman

Abstract


Although the issue of metadata quality has attracted quite some
attention within the metadata research community, the cultural heritage sector is
still waiting for the development of methodologies, guidelines and tools to tackle
this topic in practice. Research has mainly focused its attention on the library
community and aggregated content projects. This article concentrates on the
specificity of metadata quality within the museum sector, and describes the
possibilities of data-profiling techniques regarding metadata quality evaluation, by
applying a general-purpose data-profiling tool on a large collection of metadata
records of an ethnographic collection. Based on the results of this case study, we
propose further steps in our research, and present the implementation of a metadata
quality tool within an open-source collection management software.

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