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This page provides an overview of 646 articles related to 'metadata', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Metadata can be defined literally as "data about data," but the term is normally understood to mean structured data about digital (and non-digital) resources that can be used to help support a wide range of operations. These might include, for example, resource description and discovery, the management of information resources (including rights management) and their long-term preservation. In the context of digital resources, there exists a wide variety of metadata formats. Viewed on a continuum of increasing complexity, these range from the basic records used by robot-based Internet search services, through relatively simple formats like the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (DCMES) and the more detailed Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) header and MARC formats, to highly specific formats like the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata, the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) and the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Codebook. (Excerpt from this source)

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Metadata related to 'metadata' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'metadata': 646 (37.0% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'metadata' across all Ariadne articles: 4953
  • Average number of references to 'metadata' per Ariadne article: 7.67
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'metadata': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'metadata': 4.8 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'metadata':

  1. andy powell (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. michael day (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. pete johnston (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. emma tonkin (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. paul miller (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Rewriting the Book: On the Move With the Library of Birmingham

Brian Gambles presents the Library of Birmingham vision and strategy for addressing the challenge of mobile digital services.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Rights Management and Digital Library Requirements

Karen Coyle describes some aspects of rights expression languages favoured by the commercial content industries and how these may differ from the rights needs of digital libraries.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

ROADS: Resource Organisation and Discovery in Subject-Based Services

Rachel Heery, the ROADS Research Officer, describes this project from the Access to Network Resources area of the Electronic Libraries Programme. The deliverables of this project will constitute a large portion of the underlying software for most of the other projects in the same programme area, as well as other eLib and non-eLib projects, and therefore is one of the more crucial facets of the overall programme.

May 1996, issue3, project update

ROUTES Project

Una O'Sullivan describes the Open University ROUTES project.

May 1998, issue15, feature article

RUDI: Resource for Urban Design Information Services

Alan Reeve maps out a new site in urban design.

March 1997, issue8, project update

Saving the Sounds of the UK in the UK SoundMap

Maureen Pennock and Chris Clark introduce an innovative initiative from the British Library to map a 12-month soundscape of the UK.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG): Vector Graphics for the Web

David Duce discusses the World Wide Web Consortium's Scalable Vector Graphics markup language for 2 dimensional graphics.

June 2001, issue28, feature article

Scientific, Industrial, and Cultural Heritage: A Shared Approach

Lorcan Dempsey presents a research framework for libraries, archives and museums prepared for the European Commission.

December 1999, issue22, feature article

SEAMLESS: Introduction to the Project

Mary Rowlatt describes SEAMLESS, the Essex-based project.

March 1999, issue19, feature article

Search Engines: The Relevance of Underpants to Searching the Web

Phil Bradley explores search engine ranking techniques.

June 2000, issue24, regular column

Seeing Is Believing: The JISC Information Environment Presentation Programme

Chris Awre reviews the JISC Information Environment Presentation Programme and offers an insight to the outcomes of recent studies.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

Sense of the South West Conference: Collaboration for Sustainability

Katie Lusty reports on a one-day conference on the sustainability of digitisation projects, held in Bath on 8 October 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

Serving Services in Web 2.0

Theo van Veen shows with the help of an example, how standardised descriptions of services can help users control the integration of services from different providers.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Serving the Arts and Humanities

Dan Greenstein gives an extensive description of AHDS, the Arts and Humanities Data Service: its objectives, organisation, and how the data will be collected, preserved and described..

July 1996, issue4, feature article

Setting up an Institutional E-Print Archive

Stephen Pinfield, Mike Gardner, and John MacColl with some practical advice on setting up an e-print archive.

April 2002, issue31, feature article

Share. Collaborate. Innovate. Building an Organisational Approach to Web 2.0

Paul Bevan outlines the National Library of Wales' development of a strategic approach to meeting user needs in a post-Web 2.0 world.

October 2009, issue61, feature article

Sharing History of Science and Medicine Gateway Metadata Using OAI-PMH

David Little outlines the resource sharing arrangements between the MedHist gateway and the Humbul hub, using the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, and some of the issues it has raised.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

SHERPA to YODL-ING: Digital Mountaineering at York

Julie Allinson and Elizabeth Harbord describe the development of digital repositories for the University of York.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

SIGIR '97

David Nichols reports on the follow-on conference SIGIR '97.

September 1997, issue11, event report

South African Repositories: Bridging Knowledge Divides

Martie van Deventer and Heila Pienaar provide us with background to recent South African repository initiatives and detail an example of knowledge transfer from one institution to another.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

Spinning a Semantic Web for Metadata: Developments in the IEMSR

Emma Tonkin and Alexey Strelnikov reflect on the experience of developing components for the Information Environment Metadata Schema Registry.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

Stargate: Exploring Static Repositories for Small Publishers

R. John Robertson introduces a project examining the potential benefits of OAI-PMH Static Repositories as a means of enabling small publishers to participate more fully in the information environment.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Subject Portals

Judith Clark describes a three-year project to develop a set of subject portals as part of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) development programme.

October 2001, issue29, feature article

Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context

Dave Puplett reports on the conference Subject Repositories: European Collaboration in the International Context held at the British Library in January 2010. The conference launched Economists Online (EO), an innovative economics subject repository.

January 2010, issue62, event report

Supporting Creativity in Networked Environments: The COINE Project

Geoff Butters, Amanda Hulme and Peter Brophy describe an approach to enabling a wide range of users to create and share their own stories, thus contributing to the development of cultural heritage at the local level.

April 2007, issue51, feature article

Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions

Leona Carpenter describes a JISC development programme tackling the organisational and technical challenges facing Higher and Further Education in the UK.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Supporting Local Data Users in the UK Academic Community

Luis Martinez and Stuart Macdonald discuss the differing areas of expertise within the UK data libraries with particular reference to their relationship with National Data Centres, the role of the Data Information Specialists Committee - UK (DISC-UK) and other information specialists.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

Survive or Thrive

Ed Fay reports on a two-day conference organised by UKOLN on behalf of JISC to consider growth and use of digital content on the Web, which was held in Manchester in June 2010.

October 2010, issue65, event report

SWORD: Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit

Julie Allinson, Sebastien Francois and Stuart Lewis describe the JISC-funded SWORD Project which has produced a lightweight protocol for repository deposit.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Syndicated Content: It's More Than Just Some File Formats?

Paul Miller takes a look at issues arising from the current enthusiasm for syndicating content to portals or other web sites, and offers some guidelines for good practice.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

Take a Peek Beneath the EPrints V3 Wrappers

With v3 officially launched at the Open Repositories Conference in San Antonio last week, William Nixon and Peter Millington report on the EPrints 3 pre-launch briefing in London, 8 December 2006.

January 2007, issue50, event report

Tap Into Bath

Alison Baud and Ann Chapman describe the development of a database of archive, library and museum collections in Bath.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Targeting Academic Research With Southampton's Institutional Repository

Jessie Hey describes how user needs have influenced the evolutionary development of 'e-Prints Soton' as the University of Southampton Research Repository.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Task Force Meeting

Kelly Russell reports on the US CNI Conference.

March 1998, issue14, event report

Text Encoding for Interchange: A New Consortium

Lou Burnard on the creation of the TEI Consortium which has been created to take the TEI Guidelines into the XML world.

June 2000, issue24, feature article

The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After

Lorcan Dempsey considers how the digital library environment has changed in the ten years since Ariadne was first published.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

The 2008 Mashed Museum Day and UK Museums on the Web Conference

Mia Ridge reports on the Mashed Museum day and the Museums Computer Group UK Museums on the Web Conference, held at the University of Leicester in June 2008.

July 2008, issue56, event report

The 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI)

William Nixon and Pauline Simpson report on the meeting held at CERN, Geneva, in October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

The 4th WWW Conference in Boston

Debra Hiom and John Kirriemuir provide an informal report from the "cutting edge" of Web development.

January 1996, issue1, feature article

The Access Catalogue Gateway to Resources

Terry Hanson explores how libraries might develop effective ways of indicating their access arrangements to their users.

May 1998, issue15, feature article

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