I really appreciated what Dr. MacCall said in class tonight about how metadata indexers aren’t interested in sharing content but are much more concerned with sharing context. I think I was trying to make a point to this effect in my previous blog post on the foundations of resource description, and I am grateful that this idea can be summed up in such a clear and concise way. I also thought it was interesting that Dr. MacCall brought up the concept of “documentation strategy” which I remember learning about in Prof. Riter’s Archival Appraisal course when I took it last spring. I am inspired now to go back and brush back up on this approach, since I can see a correlation between gathering records from far and wide with the mission of documenting a certain subject along with establishing a protocol for indexing metadata for records that share a similar context. Now that I am thinking about it though I also remember that documentation strategy got a bit of criticism for being overly ambitious and not totally realistic. I guess as Dr. MacCall said it all comes down to scale. Anyways in case anyone else is interested, I recall this article as being a good starting point:
Cox, Richard J. “The documentation strategy and archival appraisal principles: a different perspective.” Archivaria 1.38 (1994).