I found the NISO published brief Understanding Metadata to be super informative and helpful as I begin to wrap my brain around the topic of metadata. It was refreshing to see those real life “Metadata in action” scenarios since trying to understand it all in the abstract quickly gets muddled by so many acronyms, jargon, and technical vocab. I was also really interested to read the section about quality control, as I had been wondering about this issue. With so many different rules, standards, and collaborators who undertake metadata initiatives, quality control would seem like a very necessary aspect to address. Yet it also feels like the solution for dealing with QC is almost always just to point to a reference of best practices and user guidelines. I imagine that this issue is not going away anytime soon.
On a different but somewhat related note, the discussion of the two approaches to interoperability – “cross-system search” and “metadata harvesting” – pretty much went right over my head. Overall though this was a useful reading for me and I can see myself referring back to it as we get further into the class.