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Unlocking Access to Information Resources. Roger A. Longhorn Director, IDG (UK) Ltd [email protected] Dublin Core Metadata – the Key?. Define consistent Dublin Core (DC) metadata use on I*M Europe Web sites Investigate ways to create Dublin Core metadata as painlessly as possible!

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Unlocking access to information resources

Unlocking Access to Information Resources

Roger A. Longhorn

Director, IDG (UK) Ltd

[email protected]

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Dublin core metadata the key

Dublin Core Metadata – the Key?

  • Define consistent Dublin Core (DC) metadata use on I*M Europe Web sites

  • Investigate ways to create Dublin Core metadata as painlessly as possible!

  • Investigate the sensitivity of search engines to DC metadata (underway)

  • Examine XML applicability (pilot)

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Creating dc metadata

Creating DC Metadata

  • UKOLN DC.dot generator

    • Creates DC, RDF, XML, others

  • Nordic Metadata Project DC Templates

  • TagGen DC and similar commercial tools

  • Comparisons?

FOR MORE INFO...

Visit … http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcdot/

http://www.lub.lu.se/cgi-bin/nmdc.pl

http://www.hisoftware.com/fact_sheetcc.htm

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Search engines

Search Engines

  • How good are they are using metadata?

  • Are any specifically configured to use DC metadata?

  • Will using DC metadata improve your chances of being “discovered”?

FOR MORE INFO...

Visit http://searchenginewatch.internet.com/

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Main dc issues examined

Main DC Issues Examined

  • Controlled lists

    • Keywords (DC.Subject) – how many and where?

    • DC.Type (is “Fact Sheet” valid?)

  • “Depth” of DC metadata to use

    • Verbose versus brief

  • HTML DC vs. XML vs. RDF vs. .???

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Methodology

Methodology

  • Create DC metadata for 49 FP4 Libraries project Fact Sheets (in first instance)

  • Use different DC generation tools and record time/effort required.

  • Submit both old and updated Web pages to search engines and monitor results.

  • Compare results and report findings.

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


Current status

Current Status

  • DC metadata created for all Project Fact Sheets

    • UKOLN DC.dot

    • Nordic Metadata Project

    • TagGen DC

  • Pages being published to Web now

  • Search engines investigated

  • Search engine results to be completed in 2 weeks, with final report/findings.

R A Longhorn, TechServ Support Team


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