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Examples of metadata:



Book citations

Comment below introducing yourself to the course.

  • What are your interests and your career goals?
  • What history-related skills (research, writing, analysis, historiography, etc) do you feel you do well, and what history skills would you like to improve on?
  • What digital skills (searching, using databases, learning new software, organizing files, watching cat videos, etc) do you feel you do well, and what digital skills would you like to improve on?
  • Link to and describe two examples of metadata.  Remember that you can’t use the examples we discussed in class (ie, tumblr, book citations, or shoe shopping)!  One point of extra credit if you find an example that no one else in class has.
  • Remember to make accounts with Zotero and Dropbox, we will be using these in class on Tuesday!
  • The Academic Honesty Quiz is available at the top of the course Blackboard.

32 thoughts on “Introductions

  • January 21, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    My interests are politics and history, and hoping to get a carrier in the government. I feel that I do well in history classes. I’ve taken a range of history classes but take a particular interest in U.S history. I feel that i am fairly competent with using computers and can find information fairly easily. One example of metadata is Youtube has countless videos about that provide information about a countless amount of subjects. Another example of metadata are photographs taken by certain cameras. Some cameras provide information about the location in which the photo was taken.

    • January 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

      Great examples, cameras and photography metadata are something that we’ll be looking at specifically a little later in the term. For youtube, what’s the metadata and what’s the data? You mention the videos, but are those data or metadata? And that’s great to hear you’re interested in politics and US history–we’ll be looking at a lot of examples of how politics play out in peoples’ lives in class.

      • January 26, 2016 at 5:35 AM

        hey my name ashley I’m a sophomore in Albany. my interested are traveling, edm music festival and sightseeing. I’m currently undecided about what career goals I will like to go into. I would say I have great history research skills and will like to improve in my writing. as far as digital skill I’m pretty sure I grasp most of it beside learning new software. some software that I have no experience in might be more challenging to grasp. also two forms of metadata are, Wikipedia and histograms.

        • January 26, 2016 at 1:30 PM

          Sophomore year is early to have a career plan anyway 🙂 How do you mean histograms are metadata? They’re a chart form that often displays metadata, so how are they an example of metadata themselves? Or do they include metadata?

  • January 21, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    >I’m a real cool gal who likes cats and long walks on the beach B^)
    >I’m thinking of going into library science, and would like to be a librarian as my long-term career- so you know I’m super cool and super fun. Hopefully this class will give me some knowledge on different applications and programs that I can use in my career.
    >I’m great at spewing random historical facts and dates (I’m almost as good as Nic Cage), but terrible when it comes to a lot of the most basic facts about American history (such as all the founding fathers) and historiography- even though I’m an English major, when I look at non-fiction historical texts, I’m usually struggling too much at just understanding and comprehending some of the more complex language that we don’t use any more to really understand WHY certain things were said certain ways.
    I>’m super great at wasting hours on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as the occasional dabble in Neopets. I’m also excellent at researching and finding the right databases and articles for the research project that I’m looking for. Since we looked at Excel today, I remember how awful I am at using it (and I’m sure that’ll be an important skill for this class but, like, who uses Excel, am I right?). I have no idea what Microsoft Access is or what it’s used for.
    >I’m sure plenty of people in 2016 are aware of reddit and the tag/subreddit system that it uses.This metadata tag system organizes the different links posted on reddit into different categories, such as /funny or /todayilearned >twitter/instagram tags let you search relevant tweets/photos by tags, such as #cats or #WhyUAlbanyConstructionSucks

    • January 21, 2016 at 5:08 PM

      >Historiography is truly the worst.

      >We’re going to be spending so much time with excel you’ll learn to love and then hate and then love it. And maybe hate again before the end of the semester.

      >Unfortunately librarians spend a lot of time with spreadsheets, but we’ll also look at some fun things librarians do with spreadsheets too.

      > No one knows what Access is for.


  • January 22, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    My interest and career goals rage from dance to administrative work. I love to dance and have been doing it since I was five, I have a dance group back home (Nyc) that I love very much and miss, I also like to read sci-fi and urban fiction books. I love urban fiction books because of the obvious dramatization that most of them hold and once upon a time I wanted to be a lawyer and most of those books have something to do with someone going to jail for a crime they did or did not commit and want to get out of so it sparked my interest. As far as my career is concerned I would like to become a principal of a high school some day, I enjoy talking with teenagers and I feel like the upcoming generations will be in desperate need of a great education system which I will deliver.

    History related skills I am good at include interpreting events and ideas, explaining ideas, and seeing relationships between factors; I would like to improve on my writing and get better at explaining ideas so that a wide range of people can grasp a concept I am trying to explain rather than a selected few.

    I believe that I am good at learning new software, and finding documentaries/videos to support an idea (rather than articles); I would like to get better at organizing information that I have and learn to use different data bases to find that information instead of plugging everything into yahoo or google and hoping for the best.

    Two examples of metadata are digital music players such as iPods and cameras, digital music players often tells you the name of the album, song titles and has a picture of the album cover and with a camera you get the date the photograph was taken, and some details about the settings of the particular camera.

  • January 24, 2016 at 12:57 AM

    1. My interests are fashion, cooking, marketing, and history.
    2. In terms of history, I think that I need to work on understanding “why” element of history and things of that nature. I’m good at understanding the point of view of a certain group of people and why societies had certain practices and traditions although they may be outlandish for our reality.
    3. I’m a very organized person so I think I’d be pretty good at organizing digital files. However, searching databases usually leaves me feeling like I should’ve used google instead so I definitely need to improve in that area.

    Examples of metadata:
    1. On the forever 21 Website, the different sections of clothing would be metadata because they help consumers find their desired product easier, but it isn’t too narrow or specific.

    2. On Facebook, the different categories that friends are placed into such as: groups, mutual friends, where they’ve gone to school, where they work, etc. can be considered metadata because it categorizes people into groups, but does not define them.

  • January 24, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    – My interests include movies and sports
    -For career goals I would someday like to be a ffinancial advisor. Most people would consider that to be boring or unfulfilling, but I’ve always been interested.
    -The history skills that I’d consider myself the best at is writing and I’d like to improve on my research skills.
    -My strengths for digital skills definitely include searching but again, I’d really like to improve on my research skills (It really killed me in my politics class last year)
    -One example of metadata is the new feature on Twitter called “Moments”. With this feature, twitter tracks millions and millions of tweets about a certain event and presents a short gallery where the most important or popular are showcased
    -A second form of metadata is the yellow pages. It took the phonebook and condensed it to businesses then categorized them by type

  • January 25, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    -My interests are mainly music and fashion. As for my career goal I would like to go into the law field in hopes of becoming a divorce lawyer.
    – The history skill that I’d consider myself doing well would be writing. A skill that I would need to improve on would be better analysis; being able to look at things from different perspectives.
    -A digit skill I feel I do well is organizing files, but using databases would be a skill I need to improve on.
    – Two examples of metadata would be Soundcloud and Facebook. Soundcloud is able to categorize their music by genre, artist etc. Facebook allows you to find and add people based on similarities. There are categories such as mutual friends, same location, same school, same workplace, etc.

  • January 25, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    My interest are Football and literally anything to do with History, that must be why I am a History Major. My career goals are to work in a museum as a curator. In my opinion my strengths when regarding History is researching, writing, and analysis. I would like to improve on historiography in History. In my opinion when it comes to digital skills the only thing I am strong in is watching cat videos. I would really like to improve on all of the digital skills I possibly can.
    Two examples of metadata would be and Groupon categorizes products for a wide variety of consumer interests such as; spa days, electronics, clothing, entertainment, and much more, Groupon categorizes to your location, as well your own spending habits. Netflix offers a wide variety of movies and television shows customized to your own personal interests, genres, and newest releases.

  • January 26, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Hi everyone! I am a senior here at our beloved University studying History with a concentration in U.S. with a minor in English. My specific area of interest is 20th century American, be it immigration (and its policies), politics, war (who doesn’t enjoy war, right?), foreign policy, etc. Though I do find learning any kind of history entertaining. Just don’t ask me to listen to you talk about Latin American history, ew.

    Following my (hopeful) graduation in December I hope to move on to the Public History program here at UA and work my way into a career in museums. After visiting the New York State Military Museum a few years back and getting a behind-the-scenes tour I became convinced that is something I would like to accomplish.

    As far as history related skills I am proficient in, I would have to say analysis, research and writing to an extent. I love to analyze situations both in history and in everyday life and learn the potential consequences of them. I could very much gain to improve on my research and writing skills of course. My biggest fear in life is actually reading feedback on my work. No matter if I receive a 97 or a 57, I cannot read the feedback which I know I need to work on. Also not being so shy which I am proud to say I have overcome a lot over this past year. I also love to write copious amounts of information which is not always necessary as you may have already come to realize IF you have not fallen asleep at this point.

    In terms of digital skills I feel I have a firm understanding of how research through digital forms is conducted. I think I speak for the majority of us here when I say I have researched online much, much more extensively than with physical books, documents. For my two examples of metadata I have chosen museum placards that give a brief description and the history of a display.

    The second is a simple receipt. It offers a brief description of a purchased product with any other relevant information such as warranty status, reward points, etc. I will post a photo of one in a reply post.

    • January 26, 2016 at 12:49 AM


  • January 26, 2016 at 1:14 AM

    – My two main interests are soccer and my xbox. I have no idea what I want to do as a career yet, I’ve been trying to figure it out for quite a while now and I’m still searching.
    – I enjoy creating stories of my own that occur during different historical setting i.e. the Roman Empire or the American Revolution. Writing is definitely my strongest skill that I bring to school (I have yet to find a class where I can play xbox for credits). I hope to improve on my database searching skills, they’re decent but I can definitely improve on them.
    – One of my personal favorite examples of metadata is the selection of national teams and club team on You can search by league’s, players, and national teams in order to have a more specific search which definitely helps me filter out the teams that I like to the teams I can’t stand.
    – Second and possibly more important, on I can sort out the difference between Jedi, Sith, and Bounty Hunters. Why would someone not want to know every little detail of Boba Fett’s life?

  • January 26, 2016 at 2:04 AM

    I am a senior, so my career goals are rapidly approaching, but I am planning on attending law school in the near future. My interests include most sports, politics, and the law.
    I believe it is somewhat safe to safe I am familiar with the research paper writing process at this point, and I have used a number of research tools that the university offer, but I can always improve, especially in my writing.
    I’ve taken a few classes involving databases, Excel, Access, and Vensim, which all help us organize, analyze and visualize data, which I feel can be pretty helpful for this class.
    Two examples of metadata would be reddit, which is a more obvious and better known example. Reddit uses tags and subreddits to create communities and data sharing for almost anything anyone could think of, from broader topics like sports all the way down to very specific realms, like one of my favorites, r/birdswitharms which is a collection of photoshopped photos of birds with human arms doing anything you can think of. Another example is quite similar to reddit, which is Imgur. Think of reddit but completely image based. People can post world news stories, stories of their home renovations, science experiments, and of course, plenty of cat pictures.

  • January 26, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    My name is Bridget Caliento and I am a senior with a major in History and a minor in Spanish. My long-term career goal is to become a teacher. Having taken an array of history courses here at UAlbany, I have honed in on developing my research, writing and analytical skills; all of which I have found to be intrinsically related in the world of academia. With that said, I am an avid believer in there always being room for improvement. In terms of interacting with digital history, I have a great deal of experience with using online research databases (i.e. JSTOR, WorldCat). I feel that I can navigate these sites with ease. On the other hand, I have limited experience with Excel spreadsheets and other digital software repositories. I hope to eventually acquire the skills necessary to understand and analyze data housed in this manner. Lastly, one example of metadata is a unique identifier (i.e. your UAlbany Net ID). Another example is the subject line in an e-mail.

  • January 26, 2016 at 4:04 AM

    My name is Chris Guerrier and I am a second semester freshman. I plan to pursue computer science but history is a course that intrigues me. This is the first history course I have taken since 11th grade U.S. History. With that being said I have knowledge of several softwares in Microsoft Office due to past classes I have taken that have demand a fair amount of research. I love to play basketball and video games in my free time. With this class I hope to improve my research skills and how I analyze data.
    2 Examples of metadata would include:
    -1 A Basketball Scouting Report which analyze coach schemes and player tendencies, etc.
    -2 Another example of metadata would be Instagram which connects people with celebrities and friends through pictures that capture moments. Instagram also categorizes trends and followers.

  • January 26, 2016 at 4:13 AM

    My main interests are lacrosse and traveling. I play lacrosse here at the University and I plan on see the seven wonder of the world. I am a history major with a minor in Criminal Justice so my career goals are either to be a high school American history teacher or a lawyer to polar extremes but its what I love. History skills that I do well in are writing and research. I love to writing short story mainly time period pieces within American pieces. Historiography is something that I definitely need to improve on.
    Two examples of metadata are Hautelook, which categorizes products for a wide variety of consumer interests such as whether they are looking for things for Men, Women, Kids and Beauty. That it can narrow do to size, price, and color.
    The other metadata is an app Mobli it a combination of Instagram and tumblr where you can post a picture, and comment on others pictures. You can categorizes use hashtags and location where people have posted their pictures in.

  • January 26, 2016 at 4:23 AM

    Hey Guys! Well I just joined this course today actually. My names Kat and I’m a Senior here at UA. My interests have always been history and law which is why coincidentally they are my major and minor. In regard to my history-related skills I guess I’d say I’m pretty good at writing, my high school specialized in all that was history so for four whole years it was pushed on us to know just how to cite, research and write anything history related. Yet I would love to improve on how to research better if that makes sense, this kind of combines with the digital skill I’d also like to improve. All I really know how to do when it comes to reaching data for a paper is using online sources, seeing where they take me and going to libraries to find physical copies of books. I lack a lot of computer knowledge I’m not afraid to tell you guys. At most I can maneuver around youtube videos and such things.

    Examples of metadata:
    Photograph taken on a camera, I realized this when I took a shot of my Sony mirrorless camera. Typically I had this information off but when I turn it on it shows what time the photo was taken, exposure, apature, compression, shutter speed, etc.
    A website that has a drop down bar to allow you to select what it is that you’re looking for such as F21 or Footlocker

    • January 26, 2016 at 1:35 PM

      Good examples! And we’ll definitely be working on our research skills, so it sounds like you’re in a great position for this class.

  • January 26, 2016 at 5:54 AM

    My name is Jared Bradford.  I’m a sophomore who double majors in Political Science and Africana Studies.  I plan on attending law school and earning my JD.  I like taking history classes because I feel like you have to have a thorough understanding of the past in order to make better decisions for your future.  Also, knowing history will help you become more aware about what’s going on in society and provide you with a better understanding about why things are done a certain way.  I do a lot of research for papers, etc. so I plan on bettering my research skills while taking this class. I’m good at searching for information but I feel like I need to do a better job of using databases and I need to improve on my writing. I’m in a fraternity and a social fellowship.  I do a lot of community service and I love to play and watch sports.

    Two examples of Metadata are:
    – File sizes are examples of metadata (
    – File extensions are examples of metadata (

    • January 26, 2016 at 1:28 PM

      History courses are great prep for law school, and we’ll definitely be working on research and writing skills this semester. Great example with file sizes and extensions, we’ll actually be talking about these today in class.

  • January 26, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    Hello, I am Ben Sano. I am a sophomore majoring in history(concentrating in American History) and minoring in computer science. With an immense interest in Early American, Native American and Colonial American History, I hope(pray) for the opportunity to find a career that can meet my fascination and if possible, can even involve my growing interest in computers. So far in history, I believe I am at least pretty good at (and correct me if I’m wrong Prof. Kane) research and analysis of historical topics, though I probably could use more work on my composition of papers and their overall flow. With computers I’m beginning to get good at programming and general research, but Id like to work on finding better research methods and better ways to structure and organize data, so as to present things I have to/like to work on in easier and better ways.
    As to two examples of metadata, first I may be wrong, but I feel many sites today show metadata in one form or another. Wikipedia for example shows comprehensive data on the not only who has written information on any article and when, but also provides specific in depth categories in which any article fits into, making the discovery of like minded articles much easier. Another common website that provides instances metadata is youtube. Clicking on any video not brings you to that video, but details the creator of the video, detailed looks at the viewership of the video, as well as specific tags that the video fits into. These tags could lead a person to other similar themed videos.

    • January 26, 2016 at 1:24 PM

      I didn’t know you were a computer science minor, what a good fit for this class. Wikipedia is a great example of metadata, both the categorization of all the pages and the information on who’s been editing it (which we’ll talk about next week). And yes, there are lots of careers that use history and computer skills, and I’d be happy to talk about some internships and jobs you might be interested in.

  • January 26, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    I am Nicholas Morelle, my interests are politics and history. I plan on going to law school and if all goes to plan have a career in lobbying and government relations. I believe I’m good at using computers for information however I know it is a skill that can be improved upon. I do not know much about computers but I’m hoping to learn more because you need those skills in almost every career field.

    • January 26, 2016 at 1:16 PM

      What about your history skills? What do you feel you’re good at and what would you like to improve on?

  • January 26, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    I am Brandon Montgomery. I am a second year history major with an interest in European history. My research skill could be called lacking but somehow I manage to get things done,in a slow and painful manner. I thought about minoring in computer science and have taken a programming class and thought digital history may be a good fit.

    Even after looking it up my understanding of how to explain metadata is pretty bad but:

    Two examples of metadata are a book citation and

    A book citation organizes the information about the credibility and origin of a book while has millions of videos in a setup that could be considered a library of sorts. Even though you don’t own it every video is at your fingertips with a simple search.

  • January 26, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Hello, my name is Sean Greene. I am a second year History major with a focus on United States History. I am interested in becoming a History teacher. I would say I have decent researching skills. I do not mind using databases at all. I would say I have to improve on procrastination as a skill (although this is not limited to history.) I have taken a programming class, so I think that this mesh of history and programming is very interesting.

    • January 26, 2016 at 5:10 PM

      Two examples of metadata would be Youtube and Wikipedia

  • January 27, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    Hi my name is Nick Nelson. I’m a criminal justice and psychology double major. My long term career goal is to become a special agent with the federal bureau of investigation. Short term after graduation I hope to become involved in law enforcement and have applied for a job as a private investigator. As far as history skills I think that writing about history is something that I do will. One thing that I would like to improve upon is being able to uncover a big variety of sources for information. In terms of digitial skills I think I tend to pick up on new software skills pretty quickly. Finding funny cat videos is of course a necessity! One thing that I could improve on is that while I can usually adjust to change relatively easily and quickly, I am usually resistant to change until I’m forced to make the switch and I would like to be more comfortable with making change, because in the digital age change happens often and quickly and is usually for the better in the long run.
    An example of metadata is the price tag on a clothing item. Often times the price tag will tell you such things as the size of the article of clothing as well as the price and potentially other information such as the color and unique UPC code.
    One more example of metadata is the menu that you use at a restaurant. The menu gives you information such as what ingredients are in the food you are about to order, and how much it costs. Most menu’s now a days even will often times provide you with the number of calories in the meal you are ordering.

  • January 28, 2016 at 4:36 AM

    Hey, I’m Camille and a second semester year senior with a communications major and sociology minor. I am mostly interested in media and beauty relations and plan to have a career in media marketing. I think I am strongest in the writing and analysis parts of history-related skills, while finding necessary research and historiography can be improved. My strongest digital related skills are using databases and organizing files. Two examples of metadata that have similar qualities are Pinterest and Craigslist. Both provide information that people upload and can discover new information. They also categorize the data to make it easy to navigate whatever the audience may be searching for.

  • March 26, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Some examples of metadata would be an email header and a tag on a blog post. An email header summarizes lots of data into (generally) four categories: from, to, date, and subject. A tag also can be considered metadata. If a user adds a tag saying “ahis 290”, they could search this and easily find the data again.

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