Currently there is no clear and comprehensive way to measure the “diversity” of literature in the Australian public sphere. After outlining and analyzing the current measures in use—such as proxies, industry-wide studies, and activist-led counts—this article proposes the expansion of metadata in order to provide richer data for the publishing industry and researchers into the sector. By improving the use of subject codes, increasing the scope and number of terms used in keywords, and strengthening the use of descriptions and biographies, metadata can serve as an elegant solution to the publishing industry's abiding lack of data. If this is done in an ethically sound way, using examples of data protocols and practices already in existence in Australia (e.g., to uphold Indigenous data sovereignty), publisher-supplied metadata can improve the ability of publishing houses and researchers to move the needle on the range, variety, and volume of voices in Australia’s bibliosphere.
Martire, Jodie Lea
"Measuring “Diversity” in Australian Publishing: An Overview and a Proposal,"
Antipodes: Vol. 35:
1, Article 14.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/antipodes/vol35/iss1/14