Metadata Shoehorning

I thought it was interesting what Gilliland says about museums being slow to adopt metadata standards. She states that the distinctiveness of approaches as well as different institutional cultures “have left many professionals feeling that their practices and needs have been shoehorned into structures that were developed by another community with quite different practices and users.” While the number of different metadata standards already in existence is fairly daunting, it seems logical that the type of “shoehorning” described above is inevitable and can create a sticky situation in which resentment abounds. How can this kind of environment be smartly negotiated? Must everyone everywhere eventually adopt or suffer the consequences of being left out of the information loop?


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