ERIC Number: ED454869
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Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Some Observations on Metadata and Digital Libraries.
Arms, Caroline R.
This paper describes experiences in gathering together metadata from heterogeneous sources for the American Memory project of the Library of Congress, particularly for the collections digitized and cataloged at other institutions. It also reflects on several initiatives to develop rich structured metadata schemes for specific domains and to find simple approaches to support resource discovery across domains. Trends and commonalities are identified, and influences among metadata schemes are explored. Highlights include: differences in digital libraries; objectives for metadata and expectations of users; community-specific metadata models and schemas; metadata for cross-domain discovery; types, formats, and genres of digital content; metadata for search and metadata for display; how users search in digital libraries; searching by topic, originator, date range, place, or type; and improved tools to support access to resources in digital libraries. A table compares search buckets for metadata for the American Memory and Alexandria Digital Library projects. (Contains 34 notes.) (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Comparative Analysis, Electronic Libraries, Information Retrieval, Metadata, Models, User Needs (Information)
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