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Definitive metadata textbook now in its second edition

Definitive metadata textbook now in its second edition


For immediate release:

Metadata remains the solution for describing the explosively growing, complex world of digital information, and continues to be of paramount importance for information professionals. Providing a solid grounding in the variety and interrelationships among different metadata types, Zeng and Qin’s thorough revision of their benchmark text offers a comprehensive look at the metadata schemas that exist in the world of library and information science and beyond, as well as the contexts in which they operate.

Cementing its value as both an LIS text and a handy reference for professionals already in the field, the book:

  • Lays out the fundamentals of metadata, including principles of metadata, structures of metadata vocabularies, and metadata descriptions
  • Surveys metadata standards and their applications in distinct domains and for various communities of metadata practice
  • Examines metadata building blocks, from modelling to defining properties, and from designing application profiles to implementing value vocabularies
  • Describes important concepts as resource identification, metadata as linked data, consumption of metadata, interoperability, and quality measurement
  • Offers an updated glossary to help readers navigate metadata’s complex terms in easy-to-understand definitions.

HEA-ICS described the first edition as "An excellent textbook on metadata for learning and teaching” and the Journal of Documentation said, "this book is to be recommended without hesitation…it deserves a wide audience".

The book is the ideal guide to metadata for both students and working information professionals globally and is augmented with an online resource of web extras, packed with exercises, quizzes, and links to additional materials.



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Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597



Metadata, 2nd edition| April 2016 | 400pp | Paperback; 9781783300525; £59.95

Marcia Lei Zeng is Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where she teaches knowledge organization systems (KOS), metadata, and cultural heritage informatics.

Jian Qin is Professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Her research interest areas include metadata, knowledge modeling and organization, ontologies, and scientific communication. 

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: | Web: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.



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