Metadata Boot Camp!

Metadata Boot Camp, a 1-hour weekly deep dive into metadata's pleasures, perils, and prognostications, occurs for a 6-week stretch. This online course (via Webex) is for newbies, journeymen, and experienced metadata wonks who want to fill in gaps in their knowledge. You'll learn the nuts and bolts, but we're throwing in a lot of history, context, and philosophy along the way. Members receive a free copy of The Book On Metadata.

Each session is $49. The full Boot Camp is $249, a 10% savings! Five or more attendees get a further discount of 20% (for a total of 30%), at a rate of $996. Invoices are via PayPal. Sign up below, and let us know in the comments which sessions you're enrolling for.

New Dates! February 2nd-March 9th!

Basic Training - February 2, 2017, 11:00 a.m. EST
What do we mean when we talk about metadata? How did we get to where we are? How did ONIX start? Where did the ISBN come from? How does metadata affect sales?

Words Mean Things - February 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m. EST
How we classify books reflects how we think about the world. We'll tackle taxonomies like BISAC codes, Library of Congress classifications, and extend out to ontologies such as Schema.org tags.

True Names Are Numbers - February 16, 2017, 11:00 EST
Identifiers are the tent poles at the metadata campground. ISBNs are only the beginning - there's a world of identifiers with very specific uses. Which ones are reliable? Which ones can trip you up?

Into the Pipeline - February 23, 2017, 11:00 EST
What is ONIX? What other file formats can you send metadata in? What happens to my metadata file once it's left the house? How frequently do vendors update? What's a delta file? How do e-commerce sites decide what information is most reliable?

Linking the World/What About Rights? - March 2, 2017, 11:00 EST
Part 1: What is Linked Data? Who's using it? How does it work? What does it mean for books? Part 2: The evolution of rights metadata and workflow.

Putting Metadata To Work - March 9, 2017, 11:00 EST
We'll explore different systems, and talk about staffing best practices. We'll discuss reporting, interoperability, and the nuts and bolts of metadata maintenance.

In the meantime, feel free to join our forum to post questions, issues, or shared experiences. If you would like to host an on-site 1-day Metadata Boot Camp, please contact us.