A Lightweight Approach To Support of Resource Discovery Standards. The Problem Dublin Core is an international standard for resource discovery metadata. However Dublin Core is still not widely deployed, due to: Lack of support by the major search engine vendors
Exploit Interactive is a web magazine funded by the European Commission's Telematics For Libraries programme and published by UKOLN.
As well as providing a dissemination channel for Telematics For Libraries projects, Exploit Interactive also acts as a test bed for UKOLN's research interests.
Exploit Interactive is hosted on a Windows NT platform, and uses Microsoft SiteServer.
An aim was to deliver innovative, standards-based services without significant software development.
UKOLN is funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC’s Electronic Libraries Programme and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based.
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Basic searching enables fielded searches to be carried out on the article author, title or abstract.
Advanced searching allows searches to be carried out within issues, article type or by the body which funded the project described in an article.
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Exploit Interactive has demonstrated that Dublin Core metadata can be used to provide enhanced searching facilities using shrink-wrapped commercial software.
The enhanced services available locally provide the motivation needed to justify the resources needed to create the metadata.
Without an application, such as a local search facility, there is little motivation to provide metadata, or to monitor the quality of the metadata.
Following the demonstration of support for Dublin Core in a Microsoft indexing package, a challenge for developers of other popular open source or licensed indexing software is to implement similar search services using Dublin Core metadata.
For further information contact Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, UKOLN, University of Bath. Email <[email protected]>