David Haynes delivers a range of training courses in information management and organization.  He has developed taxonomies and advised on metadata standards for clients around the world.

He brings to his teaching, practical experience underpinned by his formal training in higher education teaching and assessment.  He also provides training on Metadata Standards as part of the British Library’s internal training programme.

On-site training

Aspire Squared offers one-day on-site training courses via CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.  Aspire Squared has delivered training to:

  • House of Commons Library
  • The Planning Inspectorate
  • The Met Office
  • British Standards Institution
  • University of Limerick
  • Academic and National Library Training Co-operative, Ireland


Metadata Essentials

Available via CILIP Training

Metadata has a major impact on the usability of information systems. It is particularly important for discoverability of online resources. This one-day course introduces participants to the essential principles of metadata and familiarises them with techniques for managing metadata effectively.

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Developing a Taxonomy

Available via CILIP Training

One of the challenges of establishing a new information system is the development of classifications that reflect the collections and user requirements. This course covers the principles of classification and takes delegates through the process of creating a simple classification. A more advanced one-day course is also available for those who wish to develop faceted schemes for use in EDRM systems, corporate websites and intranets.

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Metadata and Digital Repositories

available via CILIP Training

Many organisations and institutions have started to develop digital repositories. These range from institutional repositories for higher education to specialist repositories for subject-specific research communities. Enterprise search systems share some of the same challenges of making content easily accessible to a defined audience. This course is for managers and information professionals responsible for putting material onto repositories and for making sure that it has adequate metadata. The course covers the main metadata standards used in digital repositories and looks at ways in which metadata can be effectively managed.

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