The NISO and OCLC have published a white paper on Streamlining Metadata Workflow [pdf] that looks very interesting. I haven’t had the opportunity to wade through all 22 pages yet (fun for the weekend), but it looks interesting and worth the effort.
From the intro:
To support discussions among stakeholders, this industry overview defines their roles, examines their use of metadata, and describes the landscape. More than 30 industry representatives were interviewed to discuss the nature and volume of the metadata they manage, changes in its lifecycle, current issues and challenges, and ideas for improvement. Their collective comments and insights form the basis of this report and the Book Metadata Exchange Map which depict the complex environment and provide an
opportunity to identify redundant efforts and increase efficiencies within the book industry supply chain.
More thoughts after a more thorough reading.
Thanks to Teleread for pointing this out.