Another University Press Twitter chat, another excellent learning experience for everyone involved. In case you were unable to attend this latest online discussion, or you’rea simply looking for a quick recap of what was covered, we’ve provided a full transcript of the Q&A with our local metadata pro, Margaret Harrison.
Hey everyone. Margaret Harrison here! Director of metadata at Ingram. Thx for joining our #BuildUP metadata Twitter hour! I would love to know what metadata challenges you face in the UP community. Tweet me your questions! #BuildUP
Q1: Hey Margaret @IngramContent, How can metadata help UPs digitize their backlist? #BuildUP
A1: Great Q - UPs should assign an ISBN for each digital format (epub, pdf). Leverage existing print metadata. Update BISAC subjects too! Using persistent identifiers such as ISNIs and ORCIDs will certainly help a lot. Yes, ORCID is for use in academic research - tied to funding. Info here: http://orcid.org. Work w/the authors themselves, for a start. They are the best source of info. Use numbers to collocate & disambiguate, rather than text strings. #BuildUP
Q2: So not just one ISBN for the "ebook" version of a book? 1 ISBN for epub, 1 ISBN for PDF, 1 ISBN for mobi, etc? #BuildUP
A2: Right! 1 ISBN per format (1 for epub, pdf. etc.). Check out BISG best practices for digital formats #BuildUP
Q3: Wouldn’t assigning one ISBN for the ebook be equivalent to assigning one ISBN for all print versions? #BuildUP
A3: Right! We metadata nerds frown upon "e-ISBN" ie 1 ISBN for all ebooks. Just as 1 ISBN per print format, 1 for "e" While we're talking about ISBNs, we also get Qs from pubs about ISBNs for POD. Same 1 ISBN per format applies, POD or not #BuildUP
Q4: What's new with ISTC? #BuildUP
A4: ISTC=industry standard work ID. Not many ISTCs coming thru our doors. We use a family ID to link related books. A5 pt 2: Pubs most often use <RelatedProduct> in ONIX to link books - most effective IMO. #BuildUP
Q5: What are currently the best #metadata management solutions/platforms in your opinion? #BuildUP
A5: I'm partial to CoreSource :) @firebrandtech has a metadata platform too. Whatever you use, awesome to have 1 system of record #BuildUP
Q6: A lot of partners allow up to 3 BISAC subject codes. What are benefits/risks of assigning more or fewer than that number? #BuildUP
A6: 2-3 BISACs is the way to go. More will be largely ignored by retailers. Use keywords to fill in gaps #BuildUP
Q7: What are your recommendations for editing descriptive copy metadata fields when copy changes between catalog and book cover? #BuildUP
A7: Try to keep core metadata consistent but if changes make sure to communicate to supply chain partners #BuildUP
Q8: Ideally, how far in advance of pub date should cover images be disseminated? #BuildUP
A8: Cover images should be sent out 3 months+ in advance ideally but we will be happy if we get them by pub date :) #BuildUP
Thanks for participating @UWiscPress @KentuckyPress and @UnivofALPress. Expect invitations for the next #BuildUP!
OK, that wraps up our #buildup Twitter hour on METADATA - this was a blast! For more Qs I am @metadatable. Join us June 3 for next UP chat!
Ingram Academic Service’s weekly Twitter chats are a great way to keep up with the most relevant best-practices impacting university presses and academic publishers today, plus get real-time feedback from our team of UP pros. Keep a lookout for our next round upcoming Twitter chats and have your questions ready.
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