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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2009, Vol. 3 Issue (3): 23-29    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2009.03.05
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Collection/Item Metadata Relationships
Allen H. Renear  Karen M.Wickett  Richard.J.Urban  David Dubin  Sarah L.Shreeves
(Graduate School of Library and Information Science Center for Informatics Research in
Science and ScholarshipUniversity of Illinois, USA)
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Contemporary retrieval systems, which search across collections, usually ignore collection-level metadata. Alternative approaches, exploiting collection-level information, will require an understanding of the various kinds of relationships that can obtain between collection-level and item-level metadata. This paper outlines the problem and describes a project that is developing a logic-based framework for classifying collection/item metadata relationships. This framework will support (i) metadata specification developers defining metadata elements, (ii) metadata creators describing objects, and (iii) system designers implementing systems that take advantage of collection-level metadata. We present three examples of collection/item metadata relationship categories, attribute/value-propagation, value-propagation, and value-constraint and show that even in these simple cases a precise formulation requires modal notions in addition to first-order logic. These formulations are related to recent work in information retrieval and ontology evaluation.

Key wordsMetadata      Dublin Core      Collections      Context      logic      Inferencing     
Received: 09 February 2009      Published: 25 March 2009


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Allen H. Renear Karen,M.Wickett,Richard.J.Urban,David Dubin,Sarah L.Shreeves. Collection/Item Metadata Relationships. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2009, 3(3): 23-29.

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