A Survey of Metadata Research for Organizing the Web

Jane Hunter
2003 Library Trends  
overview of the key metadata research issues and the current projects and initiatives that are investigating methods and developing technologies aimed at improving our ability to discover, access, retrieve, and assimilate information on the Internet through the use of metadata. . INTRODUCTION The rapid expansion of the Internet has led to a demand for systems and tools that can satisfy the more sophisticated requirements for storing, managing, searching, accessing, retrieving, sharing, and
more » ... ing complex resources of many different formats and media types. Metadata is the value-added information that documents the administrative, descriptive, preservation, technical, and usage history and characteristics associated with resources. It provides the underlying foundation upon which digital asset management systems rely to provide fast, precise access to relevant resources across networks and between organizations. The metadata required to describe the highly heterogeneous, mixedmedia objects on the Internet is infinitely more complex than simple metadata for resource discovery of textual documents through a library database. The problems and costs associated with generating and exploiting such nietadata are correspondingly magnified. Metadata standards, such as Dublin Core, provide a limited level of interoperability between systems and organizations to enable simple resource discovery. But, there are still many problems and issues that remain
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