Collection metadata solutions for digital library applications

Linda L. Hill, Greg Jan�e, Ron Dolin, James Frew, Mary Larsgaard
1999 Journal of the American Society for Information Science  
Within a digital library, collections may range from an ad hoc set of objects that serve a temporary purpose to established library collections intended to persist through time. The objects in these collections vary widely, from library and data center holdings to pointers to real-world objects, such as geographic places, and the various metadata schemas that describe them. The key to integrated use of such a variety of collections in a digital library is collection metadata that represents the
more » ... inherent and contextual characteristics of a collection. The Alexandria Digital Library (ADL) Project has designed and implemented collection metadata for several purposes: in XML form, the collection metadata "registers" the collection with the user interface client; in HTML form, it is used for user documentation; eventually, it will be used to describe the collection to network search agents; and it is used for internal collection management, including mapping the object metadata attributes to the common search parameters of the system.
doi:10.1002/(sici)1097-4571(1999)50:13<1169::aid-asi3>3.0.co;2-3 fatcat:5ues5gxmlbhx5ltk6x7cjqb7qy