Save the Date: Federal Tag-A-Thon, a Metadata Rescue Event in Honor of Constitution Day

Heather Holmes • 1 July 2017

This message comes to you from Scott Carlson and Jeanette Sewell, metadata and database coordinators from Rice University's Fondren Library. We wanted to let you know that Fondren is planning an event in the vein of the recent Data Rescue/Data Refuge movement, and we would like to invite you to participate!

The End of Term Web Archive is a project that captures and saves U.S. Government information at the end of presidential administrations, including documents and websites at risk of changing (i.e., or disappearing altogether. The project is the result of a large-scale collaboration between the California Digital Library, the Internet Archive, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Government Publishing Office, and the University of North Texas Libraries, which stewards the EoT's Publications Collection (

Our event, Federal Tag-A-Thon, is intended to help UNT add metadata to the Publications Collection, which at last count contains over 1,200 reports, documents, and pamphlets from the 2008-2016 presidential terms that need metadata. Federal Tag-A-Thon will be an all-day event at Fondren on Saturday, September 16, 2017 (the day before Constitution Day) where we hope to bring Houston-area information professionals together to add some much-needed descriptive information to EoT publications. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

We are currently planning event details and will email again closer to the event. If you are interested in joining us, please save the date (Saturday, September 16) and spread the word to other librarians, archivists, and information professionals around Houston. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Scott Carlson, Metadata Coordinator
Jeanette Claire Sewell, Database & Metadata Management Coordinator
Rice University, Fondren Library