Desperately Seeking Good Data, Part 3: Blame It on the Nature of Publishing Today

June 2010
by Linda Carlson

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Desperately Seeking Good Data, Part 3: Blame It on the Nature of Publishing Today 

by Linda Carlson

If you feel as if the “Desperately Seeking Good Data” series has been bombarding you with demands to get your book data together and get it to Bowker, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers accurately, completely, and much earlier than you think is possible, you may find Scott Lubeck’s perspective on metadata refreshing and reassuring.

Lubeck, the recently appointed executive director of the Book Industry Study Group, which handles metadata best practices and standards for the United States, can calmly explain how these dozens of pieces of information and the way they’re submitted came to be so important and how publishing is only one of many industries dealing with metadata today.

When we talked, he started out with a reminder: “Metadata is an intimidating word. What we’re really talking about is, very simply, how to describe a book.”…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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