ERIC Number: ED482097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Today's Authoring Tools for Tomorrow's Semantic Web.
Dingley, Andy; Shabajee, Paul
This paper reports on the development of a prototype authoring tool developed as part of on-going research around the needs of the ARKive project. The project holds text, rich-media and descriptions of factual statements about bio-diversity and conservation information. A key user community is that of school age children, requiring the mark-up of educational metadata in open standards, such as IEEE LOM (Learning Objects Metadata). This publishing architecture is intended to serve a range of audiences (ages, language and level of language skills). By storage of the content as discrete units, with extensive metadata describing each one, units may be retrieved and served to the audience as appropriate. Future developments may extend this to support ad hoc queries, not just rigidly pre-defined standard pages. Authoring development has shown that a simple and pragmatic tool based on Microsoft Word may still address advanced technologies, such as RDF, DAML and the future of the Semantic Web. Careful design has separated the process of describing a museum's exhibits, and the problem domain of the museums area of interest. This improves the flexibility of solving the initial problem, allows the same code to be re-used on other projects, and assists publishing into other metadata formats. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Authoring Aids (Programming), Biodiversity, Computer Software Development, Conservation (Environment), Information Technology, Metadata, Museums, Standards, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A