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This page provides an overview of 652 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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The Second British Library DataCite Workshop

Alex Ball reports on a one-day workshop on metadata supporting the citation of research data, held at the British Library, London, on 6 July 2012.

July 2012, issue69, event report

The Scholarly Journal in Transition and the PubMed Central Proposal

Michael Day discusses the scholarly journal in transition and the PubMed Central proposal.

September 1999, issue21, feature article

The Rustle of Digital Curation: The JISC Annual Conference

Julie Allinson, Marieke Guy and Maureen Pennock find themselves contemplating e-frameworks, digital curation and repositories at the JISC Annual Conference.

April 2006, issue47, event report

The RSP Goes 'Back to School'

Stephanie Taylor reports on the three-day residential school for repository managers run by the Repositories Support Project (RSP), held on 14-16 September 2009 in Northumberland.

October 2009, issue61, event report

The RoMEO Project: Protecting Metadata in an Open Access Environment

Elizabeth Gadd, Charles Oppenheim and Steve Probets describe how the RoMEO Project is seeking to safeguard freely available metadata disclosed and harvested under the OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.

July 2003, issue36, feature article

The Resource Discovery Project

As Renato Iannella shows, the Resource Discovery project at the DSTC in Australia is investigating issues to do with information discovery and access across large heterogeneous networks.

March 1997, issue8, project update

The REMAP Project: Steps Towards a Repository-enabled Information Environment

Richard Green and Chris Awre investigate what role a repository can play in enabling and supporting the management and preservation of its own digital content.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

The Portole Project: Supporting E-learning

Tracey Stanley, Mina Sotiriou and Matthew Dovey provide an overview of a project to produce tools to discover information resources and deploy them within a university VLE.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

The Personalisation of the Digital Library

Michelle Perrott and Anne Ramsden report on the Joint Open University - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Seminar on Personalisation and Digital Libraries hosted at the Open University, October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

The OpenURL and OpenURL Framework: Demystifying Link Resolution

Ann Apps reports on a conference about current and future uses of the proposed OpenURL Framework Standard Z39.88-2004.

January 2004, issue38, tooled up

The Open Archives Forum

Susanne Dobratz, Friederike Schimmelpfennig and Peter Schirmbacher introduce the new Open Archives Forum project to promote the ideas of the OAI in Europe.

April 2002, issue31, feature article

The Norwegian National Digital Library

Marianne Takle describes the National Library of Norway's digitisation strategy and how the National Library is taking on a key role in the country's digital library service.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

The Networked Library Service Layer: Sharing Data for More Effective Management and Cooperation

Janifer Gatenby identifies criteria for determining which data in various library systems could be more beneficially shared and managed at a network level.

July 2008, issue56, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: Aims and Objectives

Sophia Ananiadou, Julia Chruszcz, John Keane, John McNaught and Paul Watry describe NaCTeM's plans to provide text mining services for UK academics.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: A Vision for the Future

Sophia Ananiadou describes NaCTeM and the main scientific challenges it helps to solve together with issues related to deployment, use and uptake of NaCTeM's text mining tools and services.

October 2007, issue53, feature article

The MrCute Repository: The Next Phase

Helen Brady describes the MrCute repository project and its potential impact on the digital learning object-sharing community.

January 2009, issue58, feature article

The LIPARM Project: A New Approach to Parliamentary Metadata

Richard Gartner outlines a collaborative project which aims to link together the digitised UK Parliamentary record by providing a metadata scheme, controlled vocabularies and a Web-based interface.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

The Library Catalogue in the New Discovery Environment: Some Thoughts

Lorcan Dempsey explores how the library catalogue will develop alongside evolving network discovery systems.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

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

The Librarian's Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2008

Keir Hopwood reports on three-day conference about current and future trends in the practice of information literacy teaching in Higher Education and beyond.

April 2008, issue55, event report

The Librarian of Babel: The Self-Citation Machine

The Librarian, talking to Mike Holderness, uncovers the true purpose of the World-Wide Web.

July 1997, issue10, regular column

The KIDMM Community's 'MetaKnowledge Mash-up'

Conrad Taylor reports on the KIDMM knowledge community and its September 2007 one-day conference about data, information and knowledge management issues.

October 2007, issue53, event report

The JOIN-UP Programme: Seminar on Linking Technologies

Sandy Shaw reports on a seminar bringing together experts in the field of linking technology for JISC's JOIN-UP Programme.

June 2001, issue28, event report

The JISC Information Environment and Web Services

Andy Powell and Liz Lyon look at possible relationships between the Web Services idea and earlier ideas about seamless access to information.

April 2002, issue31, feature article

The JISC 5/99 Programme: What's in a Number?

Rachel Bruce and Balviar Notay give an overview of the outputs and influences of the JISC 5/99 Learning and Teaching and Infrastructure Programme.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

The Intellectual Property Rights Workshop

William J. Nixon and Jessie Hey co-report on the JISC IPR workshop held in London, May 2003.

July 2003, issue36, event report

The Information Grid

Ariadne reports on a one-day workshop on 'an interoperable environment to support research, learning and teaching' held at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh, April 30, 2002.

July 2002, issue32, event report

The Information Environment Service Registry: Promoting the Use of Electronic Resources

Amanda Hill outlines progress on the Information Environment Service Registry Project and explains what it will mean for service providers and portal developers.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

The History of History

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

November 1997, issue12, project update

The Historic Hospitals Admission Records Project

Sue Hawkins and Andrea Tanner describe a ground-breaking Web site using children's hospital admission registers.

July 2009, issue60, feature article

The Future of the Past of the Web

Matthew Brack reports on the one-day international workshop 'The Future of the Past of the Web' held at the British Library Conference Centre, London on 7 October, 2011.

March 2012, issue68, event report

The Future of Interoperability and Standards in Education: A JISC CETIS Event

Sarah Currier reports on an international working meeting involving a range of educational interoperability standards bodies and communities, organised by JISC CETIS.

January 2010, issue62, event report

The Future of Digitising at the State Library of Victoria, Australia

Catherine Herman and Indra Kurzeme discuss the multimedia source project, set within the context of the pro-multimedia State of Victora, Australia.

May 1997, issue9, project update

The Future of Cataloguing: Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference

Paola Stillone reports on a three-day annual conference of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG), held at the University of Bath, 30 June - 2 July.

July 2004, issue40, event report

The Future Is Hybrid: Edinburgh

John MacColl and Philip Hunter report on 'The Future is Hybrid' project day in Edinburgh.

March 2001, issue27, event report

The Fourth DCC-RIN Research Data Management Forum

Martin Donnelly and Graham Pryor report on the fourth Research Data Management Forum event, on the theme "Dealing with Sensitive Data: Managing Ethics, Security and Trust," organised by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and Research Information Network (RIN) in Manchester, England, over 10 - 11 March, 2010.

April 2010, issue63, event report

The Filling in the PIE: HeadLine's Resource Data Model

John Paschoud explains the concepts of representation and use of metadata in the Resource Data Model (RDM) that has been developed by the HeadLine project.

March 2001, issue27, feature article

The ExamNet Project at De Montfort University

David James Houghton introduces the ExamNet Project, which offers access to past De Montfort University examination papers in electronic form.

December 1998, issue18, feature article

The Evolution of an Institutional E-prints Archive at the University of Glasgow

William Nixon with some practical advice based on the Glasgow experience.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

The European Library: Integrated Access to the National Libraries of Europe

Britta Woldering describes the findings of the recently completed EU Project The European Library, focusing on technical solutions and metadata development.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

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