MetaNet: a metadata term thesaurus to enable semantic interoperability between metadata domains

Hunter, Jane (2001) MetaNet: a metadata term thesaurus to enable semantic interoperability between metadata domains. Journal of Digital Information, 1 8: .

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Author Hunter, Jane
Title MetaNet: a metadata term thesaurus to enable semantic interoperability between metadata domains
Journal name Journal of Digital Information
ISSN 1368-7506
Publication date 2001-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 1
Issue 8
Place of publication College Station, TX, United States
Publisher Texas A & M University Libraries
Subject 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Abstract Metadata interoperability is a fundamental requirement for access to information within networked knowledge organization systems. The Harmony International Digital Library Project [1] has developed a common underlying data model (the ABC model) to enable the scalable mapping of metadata descriptions across domains and media types. The ABC model, described in [2], provides a set of basic building blocks for metadata modeling and recognizes the importance of 'events' to unambiguously describe metadata for objects with a complex history. In order to test and evaluate the interoperability capabilities of this model, we applied it to some real multimedia examples and analysed the results of mapping from the ABC model to various different metadata domains using XSLT [3]. This work revealed serious limitations in XSLT's ability to support flexible dynamic semantic mapping. In order to overcome this, we developed MetaNet [4], a metadata term thesaurus which provides the additional semantic knowledge which is non-existent within declarative XML-encoded metadata descriptions. This paper describes MetaNet, its RDF Schema [5] representation and a hybrid mapping approach which combines the structural and syntactic mapping capabilities of XSLT with the semantic knowledge of MetaNet, to enable flexible and dynamic mapping among metadata standards.
Keyword Metadata interoperability
Metadata thesaurus
Mapping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Special Issue on Networked Knowledge Organization Systems

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Publications
 
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