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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 (37.1% 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': 307.5 (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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Title Article summary Date

Information Ecosystems

John MacColl follows up last issue's breakdown of papers with his reflections on the UKOLN conference held in Bath University at the end of June.

September 1998, issue17, event report

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

September 1998, issue17, news and events

Web Editorial: Introduction to Issue 16

Philip Hunter and Bernadette Daly introduce Ariadne issue 16.

July 1998, issue16, editorial

Metadata Corner

Michael Day reports from Tomar, Portugal, on the DELOS6 Workshop.

July 1998, issue16, regular column

Public Libraries Corner

Sally Criddle reports on Resurrection: a new life for powerful public libraries.

July 1998, issue16, regular column

Information Landscapes

Rosemary Russell, Sally Criddle and Sarah Ormes report on the UKOLN conference held in June 1998.

July 1998, issue16, event report

Electronic Access: Archives in the New Millennium

Michael Day reports from Kew on the Public Record Office view of the Brave New World of online archives.

July 1998, issue16, event report

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

ROUTES Project

Una O'Sullivan describes the Open University ROUTES project.

May 1998, issue15, feature article

What Is XML?

Brian Kelly elucidates another infuriating three letter acronym: XML.

May 1998, issue15, tooled up

Project Builder

Stephen Pinfield outlines the aims of Project Builder, a phase-3 eLib project.

May 1998, issue15, project update

Web Focus: The 7th World Wide Web Conference

Brian Kelly is interviewed about the 7th World Wide Web Conference upon his return from Brisbane.

May 1998, issue15, regular column

RDF Seminar

Matthew Dovey reports on the RDF seminar held in the Stakis Hotel, Bath.

May 1998, issue15, event report

Dublin Comes to Europe

Paul Miller discusses issues raised at a recent European Commission meeting on metadata for resource discovery.

March 1998, issue14, feature article

Electronic Resource Creation and Management at Scottish Universities

Dennis Nicholson and Martin Smith describe the Catriona II project.

March 1998, issue14, project update

Metadata Corner: CrossROADS and Interoperability

Michael Day, Rachel Heery and Andy Powell report on work in progress on enhancements to the ROADS software.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

What Is RDF?

Rachel Heery explains RDF (Resource Description Framework)

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Task Force Meeting

Kelly Russell reports on the US CNI Conference.

March 1998, issue14, event report

Web Editorial: Introduction to Issue 12

Philip Hunter and Isobel Stark introduce Ariadne, in its Web Version.

November 1997, issue12, editorial

The History of History

Stephen Smith explains the background to the relaunch of IHR-Info as HISTORY.

November 1997, issue12, project update

Metadata Corner: DC5 - the Search for Santa

Tony Gill and Paul Miller's report from the 5th Dublin Core metdata conference in Helsinki.

November 1997, issue12, regular column

Minotaur: We Must Not Be Driven by IT

Ray Lester says IT is not just a tool in an information strategy.

November 1997, issue12, regular column

Planet SOSIG: DESIRE Training for the Distributed Internet Cataloguing Model

Lesly Huxley looks at the work of the project DESIRE: Training for the Distributed Internet Cataloguing Model.

November 1997, issue12, regular column

Web Focus: WebWatching UK Universities and Colleges

Brian Kelly describes the WebWatch project.

November 1997, issue12, regular column

York Information Connections: An Attempt to Catalogue the Internet

Christine Ellwood and Sarah Thompson outline the rationale behind the approach of the University of York Library to cataloguing Internet resources.

September 1997, issue11, review

Cataloguing Electronic Sources

Jackie Hwang, Team Leader, Bibliographic Services, surveys progress so far at Information Services, University of Birmingham.

September 1997, issue11, review

Interface: All Pre-Prints Servers Are Not the Same

Isobel Stark talks to Dan Fleming of the Formations project.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Metadata Corner: Naming Names - Metadata Registries

Rachel Heery examines metadata issues.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Planet SOSIG: ALISS and IRISS

Debra Hiom on recent developments and happenings with ALISS, IRISS, and SOSIG.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Public Libraries Corner: A Public Library Metadata Initiative

Sally Criddle introduces an initiative to extend current developments in the use of metadata to the public library community.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Web Focus Corner: Running an Institutional Web Service

Brian Kelly reports on a workshop on running an institutional web service.

September 1997, issue11, regular column

Digital Libraries '97

David Nichols reports on the important international conference: Digital Libraries '97.

September 1997, issue11, event report

SIGIR '97

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

September 1997, issue11, event report

Clifford Lynch in Interview

Clifford Lynch, the Executive Director of CNI, was interviewed by John Kirriemuir at the Metadata: What Is It? workshop on 18 June 1997. Clifford shares some views on mirroring, caching, metadata, Z39.50 and how he sees his role in CNI.

July 1997, issue10, feature article

Web Editorial: Goodbyeee

The Web editor, John Kirriemuir bows out after ten Ariadne issues.

July 1997, issue10, editorial

Print Editorial: Introduction to Issue 10

John MacColl with the editorial from issue 10 of the print version.

July 1997, issue10, editorial

Dublin Core Management

Andy Powell presents three models for the way in which metadata can be managed across a Web site and describes some of the tools that are beginning to be used at UKOLN to embed Dublin Core metadata into Web pages.

July 1997, issue10, feature article

A Digital Library Showcase and Support Service - the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

Roy Tennant describes a resource used to create digital libraries and services, and to help others do the same.

July 1997, issue10, review

BUBL : How BUBL Benefits Academic Librarians

Alan Dawson and Jan Simpson take us through BUBL, an old service recently transformed from being Gopher-based to Web-based.

July 1997, issue10, review

The Library Association Web Site

Alan Cooper and Finbarr Joy talk about the past, present and future of the Library Association Web Site.

July 1997, issue10, review

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