Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information

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Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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If you use nearly any digital technology, you make use of metadata. Use an ATM today? You interacted with metadata about your account. Searched for songs in iTunes or Spotify? You used metadata about those songs. We use and even create metadata constantly, but we rarely realize it. Metadata \-- or data about data -- describes real and digital objects, so that those objects may be organized now and found later. Metadata is a tool that enables the information age functions performed by humans as well as those performed by computers. Metadata is important to many fields, particularly Computer Science; but this course is not purely a Computer Science course. This course approaches Metadata from the perspective of Information Science, which is a broad interdisciplinary field that studies how people create and manage information.
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1/10 starsCompleted
  • 29 reviews
  • 28 completed
5 years ago
The most useful thing I can say is: This course is NOT for computer science or programmers. This is oriented towards Information Science people, archivists, librarians, researchers, etc. The course covers different metadata formats, thesauri and standards. The instructor is very good explaining the topics but when dealing with CS stuff he makes many mistakes some of them really very big. There are easy quizzes after each week avalanche of videos, the instructor is quite slow explaining and takes a lot of time even for very simple concepts so I recommend watching the videos at least at 1.5x speed. If you are looking for a good chat about metadata vocabularies in information science this is a good course. If you want to learn how to use and process metadata this is not even a start. Edit: I've realized this course has just too many critical errors to be recommended, if you are interested in the semantic web and metadata look elsewhere ... The most useful thing I can say is: This course is NOT for computer science or programmers. This is oriented towards Information Science people, archivists, librarians, researchers, etc. The course covers different metadata formats, thesauri and standards. The instructor is very good explaining the topics but when dealing with CS stuff he makes many mistakes some of them really very big. There are easy quizzes after each week avalanche of videos, the instructor is quite slow explaining and takes a lot of time even for very simple concepts so I recommend watching the videos at least at 1.5x speed. If you are looking for a good chat about metadata vocabularies in information science this is a good course. If you want to learn how to use and process metadata this is not even a start. Edit: I've realized this course has just too many critical errors to be recommended, if you are interested in the semantic web and metadata look elsewhere because if you take this course you will need to unlearn everything and then learn it the right way again.
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2/10 starsDropped
  • 70 reviews
  • 60 completed
5 years, 4 months ago
A long boring course with 20 lectures each week. too much for a MOOC. not suitable for those in computer science . it is all about library and information science. I do not know what the instructor thinks about MOOC. I think he is wrong about it. people want smart concise courses. The instructor was explaining 3 to 4 times what is necessary to undestand some idea.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 5 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
I completed this course in fall season 2013. Thanks to this course I am aware about what metadata is and its importance for the present and the future, as well as key concepts as interoperability. Although many links, samples, and practical exercises are given, the metadata nature is abstract and difficult to digest. The professor is excellent with a great background knowledge, and really helps to understand the topics. Metadata have multiple formats in different fields and applications, and it's a humongous world where one can lose one's way easily.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 25 reviews
  • 24 completed
5 years, 7 months ago
I thought I had a lot of experience with Metadata, but this course gave me a new level of understanding around the types of schemas used. The lecturer is very good, participated in the forums and even included a topical video on phone metadata when the US news story appeared on logging phone metadata.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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  • 0 completed
5 years, 11 months ago
This class is excellent; I'm in the middle of it now, and it's met and exceeded my expectations. For some students, without some kind of background on the how/why of metadata, it seems to be a struggle to understand what the point is... but having worked with metadata on websites and content management systems, it's just a pleasure to really understand the background, structure, and reasoning behind metadata schemas. With luck, this course will help me find future employment, but even if it doesn't, it won't have been a waste of time. All the material is thoughtfully provided in lectures (with some supplemental links and recommended, but not required, text). I've filled an entire notebook with notes (pausing video to write because it helps go from hand to brain) for the first three weeks alone. Highly recommended.
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